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IMEV 3081
NIMEV 3081
See and hear and hold still
A tag in the Fasciculus Morum, and as comment of Third Cock in a story in the Gesta Romanorum; see Whiting (1968), H.264
Note: Same as lines 99-100 of 5530, MS Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526); cf. also 1919, 5235, and 3596.
Subjects: sermons, verse in; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 224v; occurs on f. 180 (see 3596)



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 4
Transcription:
Here & se & holde þe styll
if þu wyll lyue and haue þi wyll
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 52v
Transcription:
See and her & held þe stylle
ȝif þou wolt lyue and haue thi wylle
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 3v
Transcription:
Se & here and hold the stylle
Yf þou wult lyue and haue þy wylle
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 10
Transcription:
Se & here and holde þe stylle
ȝefe þou wolte lyue and haue þy wylle
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 10v
Note: Variant version, 3 lines, which Wenzel (1974) considers as separate.
6.Source: Oxford, Lincoln College Lat. 52, f. 3va
Transcription:
here and see and hold þe still
If þou will life and haue þi will
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.8, f. 61v
Transcription:
herke & see & hold þe stille
& in þis wordl þu hast þy wylle
Note: Quoted in a Latin sermon on penitence in exemplum based on Gesta Romanorum.
Editions:
Erb, Peter C. “Vernacular Material for Preaching in MS Camb. Univ. Lib. Ii.III.8.” Mediaeval Studies 33 (1971): 63-84: 83.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 14v
Transcription:
Here & se & halde þe styll
¡if þu wil lyue & haue þi wille
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 3vb
Transcription:
See & here & held þe stylle
if þou wylt leue & haue þi wylle
10.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 36v
Transcription:
here and se & hald þe styll
If þu wyll leyfe and have þi wyll
Note: Written as prose.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 210v2
Transcription:
Here and se and be styll
Thow mayst the sonner haue thy wyll
Note: Not in Fasciculus; occurs at lines 89-90 of 5530.
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 9066, f. 19v4
Transcription:
here and see and hold the stille
and than thou may have all thy wille
Editions:
Herbert, John Alexander. Catalogue of Romances in the Department of MSS. in the British Museum. Vol. 3. London, 1910: 3.309.
Herrtage, Sidney John Hervon, ed. The Early English Version of the Gesta Romanorum. EETS e.s. 33 (1879); repr. 1962: 175.
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 2270, f. 46
Editions:
Madden, Frederick. The Old English Versions of the Gesta Romanorum. Roxburghe Club. 55. London: Nicol, 1838: 147.
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 5259, f. 60v3
Transcription:
See and here and holde the stylle
then miȝthe þu leue & have thy wylle
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Herbert, John Alexander. Catalogue of Romances in the Department of MSS. in the British Museum. Vol. 3. London, 1910: 3.206.
15.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 8
Transcription:
See and here and holde the styll
ȝyf thou wolt lyue and haue thy wyll
16.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 157va
Transcription:
See & here And holde þe stylle
if þu wille life & haue þi wille
Note: Written as prose.
17.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 161v
Transcription:
See & here & held þe stylle
If þou wylt leue & haue þi wylle
Note: Written as prose.
18.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 3
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 2.6.
19.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 78, f. 143vb
Transcription:
See and here and hold the stylle
thanne myth thow leue in pees and haue thy wille
Note: Written as prose. Wenzel (1974) regards this as couplet 3 of 5235.