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See much say little and learn to suffer in time
Proverbs ascribed to R. Stokys (by MacCracken to Lydgate) — five stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Cf. Brown (1939), 131-3.
Author(s): R. Stokys (attrib.); John Lydgate (?)
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Dyce 34 (Dyce’s transcript of STC 17026)



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 203, pp. 23-24
First Lines:
Se meche sey lytyll and lerne to suffre in tyme
Enprinte these thre in thy remembrance…
Last Lines:
…Where fore thy selfe and thou wylte kepe fro crim[ edge]
Se meche say lytill and lerne to suffre in tyme
Note: Three stanzas.
Attributed Title: Prouerbium R Stokys (p. 23)
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 130-130v
First Lines:
See myche say lytell & lerne to soffar in tyme
emprynte thes thre in thy remembraunce…
Last Lines:
…wherfore thy self and thow wolt kepe fro cryme
se myche sa lytell and lerne to suffar in tyme
Note: Ends ‘Explicit lidgat’ (f. 130v) all by scribe (John Stow).
Attributed Author: lidgat (f. 130v)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.800-1.
3.Source: London, British Library Royal 2 D.XXXVII, f. 153
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 279-80.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, f. 61v
First Lines:
Se myche say lytell and lerne to suffyr in tyme
Enprint these iii wyll in thi remembraunce…
Last Lines:
…Wherfore wyse caton saythe to olde and yonge
The fyrst cheyf vertue is to kekepe owre tonge
Note: Stanza 1 only, immediately follows first stanza of 1108 as if part of same work, and immediately followed by 4811 as if same work.
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.