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DIMEV 4811
IMEV 3088
NIMEV 3088
Set and save if thou will have
Rhyming proverbs — four couplets
Note: Lines 3, 4, occur also in 6621.7.
Subjects: proverbs; money
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, British Library Harley 2252.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22720, f. 92
First Lines:
[...]if thow will haue
[...]te leue and craue…
Last Lines:
…Werke wysely and sey but few
Out thyne hed loke thou neuer hew
Note: The poor condition of the manuscript means that the first lines are incomplete.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 85
Note: Lines 1-4 in a series of distiches: see 917.
Editions:
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 475.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, f. 170v
Transcription:
Kepe & saue & þu schall haue
ffrest & lene & þu schall craue
Walow & wast & þu schall wa[u]e
Note: Three lines monorhyming, added to flyleaf by a hand of the fifteenth-sixteenth century.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.316.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, f. 61v
First Lines:
Sette and saue yf thow wyll haue
Waste and wante leue and crave…
Last Lines:
…Do that thi dewe is kepe þe owt of pres
for who do medelethe leste leuys best in pes
Note: Follows 4800 as if part of 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.