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Man that will of wisdom hearen / At wise Hendyng he may leren
The Proverbs of Hendyng, with six introductory lines prefixed
Note: For other MSS see 2834.
Author(s): Hendyng
Title(s): The Proverbs of Hendyng
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 4407 (19)h
First Lines:
At wise hending he may lerne
þat was marcolfes sone…
Last Lines:
…þer if it mote hand all is wille
Wilton nilton it schal spille
Note: Lines 2-36 only
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 351/568, f. 104v
Transcription:
Meni man syngat
wan he hom bringat
A fayr ȝung wys [sic]
& hym he by þoȝte
& wyste wat he broȝte
a myȝte wepe all hys lyf
Note: Six lines rhyming aabccb.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: no. 38.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 95.
Laing, Margaret. Catalogue of sources for a Linguistic Atlas of Early Medieval English. Cambridge: UP, 1993: p. ? (first three lines only, listing as f. 102v, and mistranscribing ‘wyf’ at end third line).
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 125ra-127ra
First Lines:
Mon þat wol of wysdam heren
At wyse Hendyng he may leren…
Last Lines:
…þat sit in heuene vs aboue
Ȝeue vs god endynge
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.109-16.
Kemble, John Mitchell. The Dialogue of Salomon and Saturnus. London: Aelfric Society, 1848: 270.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 1.304.
Morris, Richard, and Walter William Skeat, eds. Specimens of Early English , Pt. I, A.D. 1150-A.D.1300. Oxford: Clarendon, 1882, 2nd ed. 1885; Pt. II, A.D. 1298-A.D.1393, Oxford: Clarendon, 1872, 2nd ed. 1894; Pt. III. Orig. published separately, 1871: 2.35.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 287-300.
Morris, Richard, ed. Specimens of Early English A.D. 1250-A.D. 1400. Oxford, 1867 [See also Morris and Skeat (1882)]: 96-102.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 559.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 6, no. 89.