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Some time in Greece that noble region
Eight Goodly Questions (an expansion of part of ‘Septem Sapientium Sententiae’, by Ausonius) — nine stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): Ausonius
Title(s): Septem Sapientium Sententiae
Subjects: tales; wise men; wisdom
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 1-2
First Lines:
Sometyme in Grece that noble region
There were eighte clerkis of greate science
Philosophers of notable discretion
Of whom was asked to proue theire prudence…
Last Lines:
…Sayinge had I venged all myne harme
My cloke had not be furrid half so warme
Attributed Title: Eighte goodlie questions with theire aunswers (f. 1)
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], pp. 29-30
First Lines:
Quhylome in grece that nobill regioun
Thair dwelt aucht clerkis off grite science…
Last Lines:
…He thinkis nocht quhow wisemen said beforne
God sendis a sc thrawart cow ane schort horne
Attributed Author: ffinis quod chauser (p. 30)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 45v-46v
First Lines:
Quhylome in grece that nobill regioun
Thair dwelt awcht clerkis off grit science…
Last Lines:
…He thinkis not how wysmen said beforne
God sendis a thrawart cow a schort horne
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Author: ffinis quod chawseir (f. 46v)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 2.123.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 1.48-50; 2.113-15.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , sigs. A4ra-A4va
First Lines:
SOmtyme in Grece that noble region
There were eight clerkes of grete science…
Last Lines:
…Sayeng had I venged of myne harme
My cloke had nat be furred halfe so warme
Note: Immediately follows table of contents, probably to fill up space in quire.
Attributed Title: Eight goodly questyons with their aunswers (sig. A.4ra)
Editions:
Bell, John, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 14 vols. in 7. The Poets of Great Britain. Edinburgh, 1782; repr. London: Cadell and Davies, 1807: 1.ccxlv.
Forni, Kathleen, ed. The Chaucerian Apocrypha: A Selection. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2005.
2.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Editions:
Speght, Thomas, ed. The Workes of…Geffrey Chaucer. London, [A. Islip,] imp. G. Bishop, 1598; rev. ed. A. Islip, 1602 (STC 5077, 5080).
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: (unpag. preface).
Bell, Robert, ed. Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: J.W. Parker, 1854-6; rev. Walter William Skeat 4 vols. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1878; orig. published 8 vols: 4.421.