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Lordings all and ye will hear
‘How the Wyse Man Tawght His Son’ — 20 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Note: For other texts see 3103 and 3112.
Title(s): ‘How the Wyse Man Tawght His Son’
Subjects: children, instructions for the behavior of; manners, treatises on; instruction, father to son
Versification: — eight-line? — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 6-6v
First Lines:
Lordynges & ȝe wyll here
How a wyse man tauȝht hys sone
Take god hede to þis matere
And fynd to lerne it yff ȝe cane…
Last Lines:
…And Ihesu bryng vs to his blysse
The chyld þat w[as] in bedlem borne
Note: Omits stanzas 6-11, first half of 13, and 14. The poem has 100 lines and appears to have been edited to make the number of lines equal one hundred. At the end: ‘Amen quod Rate’.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Queene Elizabethes Achademy, etc. EETS e.s. 8 (1869); repr. 1973: 52-5.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 32-4; 424-7; 599.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2399, ff. 61-63v
First Lines:
Lordynges all & ȝe will here
How a wys man tawgh hys sone…
Last Lines:
…Be hym lef or by hym loth
At on day a pere man scha haue a moch as he
Note: Text is incomplete.
Editions:
Fischer, Rudolf Bruno. How the wyse man taught hys sone. Erlanger Beiträge 2. Erlangen and Leipzig: Deichert, 1889: 42-9.