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DIMEV 3697
IMEV 2291.5
NIMEV TM 1085
No kind of labor is a thing of shame
Not work, but idelness is blameworthy — one couplet
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 61
Transcription:
No kinde of Labore is a thing of shame
But ydelnes evermore worthie of Blame
Note: Added to left margin of page, sideways bottom to top.
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 192.
2.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 69Added by a post-medieval hand
Transcription:
No kind of labore is a thinge of shame
but idelnes evermore worthie of blame
Note: Added by a post-medieval hand.
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 205.