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Almighty God in Trinity / Leave us well to speed
‘Luytel Caton’ — 644 lines in quatrains
Title(s): ‘Luytel Caton’; Distichs
Subjects: precepts, moral
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin, French



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 309va-310rb
First Lines:
Almihti god in Trinite
Leeue vs wel to spede
Send vs of his holy grace
And help vs at vr nede…
Last Lines:
…Þif þou beo a strong mon
And riche of worldes good
Dispyse þou no luytel mon
Ne hate hym in þy mod
[followed by Latin and French ending ‘Suffreȝ amiste / Quaunt purchase le as’]
Note: 112 lines, written in half-lines.
Attributed Title: Her bi ginneþ luytel Caton (f. 309va); Here endet petyt catoun (f. 310rb)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Goldberg, Max Otto. Die Catonischen Distichen…. Leipzig: Joachim & Jüstel, 1883: 13-15.
Goldberg, Max Otto. “Ein englischer Cato.” Anglia 7 (1884): 165-77: 167.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 553-62.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 119ra-119va
First Lines:
…Þeore sone I schal þe teche
Þe maners of my wille…
Last Lines:
…Suffreþ a miste
Quant purchas le as
Note: Lines 1-20 wanting.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.