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IMEV 2060
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Man if thou a wise man art / Of they goods take thy part
Against leaving goods for executors; one seven-line stanza.
Note: Compare 1136, 3344.
Subjects: possessions, worldly; executors, criticism of
Versification: — six-line, eight-line — aabaab, abcbdbeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3161
Transcription:
Man yff thou a wyseman arte
Of thy goodis take thy parte
Or thow hens wende
Yf thou leve thy parte
In thy executours awarde
Thy parte no parte
ys at the last end
Note: Followed immediately by 1137.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 167.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 138.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, f. 1
First Lines:
Man if þow wys arte
Of þy gode take þy parte…
Last Lines:
…þy parte no parte
at þe latter eende
Note: One 7-line stanza. More than one verse line per manuscript line, 3-2-2; John Shirley’s signature and motto at top of page.
Editions:
Hulme, William Henry, ed. The Harrowing of Hell and Gospel of Nicodemus. EETS e.s. 100 (1908); repr. 1976: xli.