The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Set and save if thou will have
Rhyming proverbs — four couplets
Lines 3, 4, occur also in 6621.7
Subjects: proverbs; money
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, British Library Harley 2252.
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22720
, f. 92
[...]if thow will haue
[...]te leue and craue…
…Werke wysely and sey but few
Out thyne hed loke thou neuer
Note: The poor condition of the manuscript means that the first lines are
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049
, f. 85
Lines 1-4 in a series of distiches: see 917
Doty, Brant Lee,
“An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious
Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 475.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 116
, f. 170v
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
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds.
2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.316.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1
, f. 61v
Sette and saue yf thow wyll haue
Waste and wante leue and
…Do that thi dewe is kepe þe owt of pres
for who do
medelethe leste leuys best in pes
as if part
of same work.
The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS
Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English,