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DIMEV 4475
IMEV 2817
NIMEV 2817
Rich and poor young and old
A single stanza (No. 47 of the Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687) text) of the Proverbs of Hendyng, sometimes embedded in the Latin prose Summa de vii viciis of Thomas Aquinas — six lines.
Note: See 2800 and 3383; cf. , A253.
Author(s): Hendyng
Title(s): Proverbs of Hendyng
Subjects: proverbs; sermons, verse in
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 E.XVII, f. 109
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.362.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 3823, f. 129
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 87
Transcription:
Riche & pore ȝung & old
Þerquiles ȝe hauen ȝure with in wo[de]
Seket soule bote
For wan ȝe wenen alþerbest
To hauen helþe pes an rest
Þe ex is at þe rote
Note: In John Grimestone’s preaching notebook.
Attributed Title: De Morte (f. 86)
4.Source: Durham, Durham Cathedral Library B.I.18, ff. 37rb-37va
Transcription:
Riche and pouer yunge and halde
to qwiles þu haueste þi wit in walde
þu seth þi saule bote
for wane þu wenest alle yn best
blisse and hele ro and rest
þe ax is at þe rote
Note: In the Latin prose Summa de vii viciis of Thomas Aquinas.