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Men may find in old books
Sydrac and Boctus, the didactic dialogue on morals and doctrines, with 1084 questions — abridged version. Translated by Hugh Campeden from the French (cf. Bodl. SC 2451); Sydrach (1486)
Note: For the longer version cf. 1276.
Author(s): Hugh Campeden
Title(s): Sydrac and Boctus
Subjects: dialogues; didactic verse; doctrine, religious; catechisms, scientific and biblical lore
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 559 (SC 1222), ff. 3-155
First Lines:
MEn may fynde in oolde bookes
Who soo þat in them lookis…
Last Lines:
…Soo þat he at his lyves ende
Vnto the blis of heuene to wende
Editions:
Burton, Tom L., ed. Sidrak and Bokkus. 2 vols. EETS o.s. 311, 312 (1998-1999).
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.5.6 (1287), ff. 1ra-37vb
First Lines:
Man may finde in olde bokes
who so euer ther in lookes…
Last Lines:
…And that it mutte so bee
Seith alle amen for charite
Attributed Title: This boke is callid Sidrake grounded vpon scripture the whiche was translated owte of frenche in to englishe compiled and made a fore the Incarnacion of owre lorde Ihesu criste declaringe sadde and notable wisdomes celestiall Instrucciones and questiones for the helth of mannes soule with many othur vertuous and holsom thinges here after ensewynge with a parcell of the seven sciences (f. 1ra)
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2232, f. 10
4.Source: London, Society of Antiquaries 252, ff. 1-77v
First Lines:
MEn may ffynde in old bokis
Who so in them seech & lokis…
Last Lines:
…In goddes hous he ouȝit wele þan
His shepe wele kepe & knowe…
Note: Incomplete. Lacks quires [3-5], [7-9]. Catchphrase at the foot of f. 77v: ‘And by his owne liff’.
5.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor Medieval 3 [olim Morent’s Court, Kent, Meyerstein, Sotheby’s 17 Dec. 1952, lot 466], ff. 1ra-39vb
First Lines:
…Whens comyth ther fathede and why
That aman hathe in his body
Shall men wymmen chastysyn and wysse
With betyng when they done amys…
Last Lines:
…ffor that they yong takith comynly
In age he fyndith hit redely…
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly.
6.Source: Northampton, Northamptonshire Record Office Bru.I.v.101 [olim Brudenell] 1ra-2vb
First Lines:
W[ ] be[ ]le wis erst on Adam
fforþi may it mouȝt deye
And ȝif y þe soþe sal al seye
Þat soule was or þe body me þynk…
Last Lines:
…Pirttes hym is aungel þat hym ledes
A wiked aungel he has also
Note: Fragment: Questions 282-303 of Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 559 (SC 1222).



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 3186. The history of kyng Boccus, [and] Sydracke how he confoundyd his lerned men, and in ye syght of them dronke stronge venym in the name of the Trinite [and] dyd hym no hurt. Also his diuynyte that he lerned of the boke of Noe. Also his profycyes that he had by reuelacyo[n] of the aungell. Also his answeris to the questions of wysdome, both morall and natural wyth moche worldly wysdome contayned in noumber. CCC.lxv. translatyd by Hugo of Caumpeden, out of frenche into Englysshe. [Prynted at London: By Thomas Godfray. At the coste and charge of dan Robert Saltwode mo[n]ke of saynt Austens at Cantorbury, [1530?]] , sigs. B1-S4
First Lines:
MEn may fynde in olde bokys
Who so therin lokys…
Last Lines:
…So that he at his lyues ende
Unto the blisse of heuen wende.
Attributed Title: The history of Kyng Boccus & Sydracke | how he counfoundyd his lerned men and in þe | syght of them dronke stronge venym in the | name of the Trinite & dyd hym no hurt. Also | his diuynyte þat he lerned of the boke of Noe. | Also his profycyes that he had by reuelacyon | of the aungell. Also his anweris to the que-| stions of wysdome both morall and natural | wyth moche worldly wysdome both morall and natural | wyth moche worldly wysdome contayned in | noumber.CCC.cxv. translayted by Hugo of | Caumpeden out of frenche into Englysshe. (sig. A1); Thus endeth the hystory and questyons of | kyng Boccus and Sydrache. Prynted at | London by Thomas Godfray. At the coste | and charge of dan Robert Saltwode monke | of saynt Austens at Cantorbury. | Cum prifuilegio regali. (sig. S4)