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Son I shall thee show now take heed
A Father’s Instructions to his Son — two 12-line (ababababcdcd) and one 14-line stanzas
Subjects: instruction, father to son; children, instructions for the behavior of
Versification: — twelve-line, fourteen-line — ababababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25006, f. 11v
First Lines:
I sale ye teche son tak hede
And siche maner to þe declare…
Last Lines:
…Lyenge bost gret othis þu fle
And thus sal þu wyn wilfare
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, pp. 155-157
First Lines:
SOne y schal þe schewe now take hede
And of suche maners þee declare
Bi whiche þou schalt come to manhede
Towordli worschip and to weelfare…
Last Lines:
…Medle not with mysrule by no maner way
ffor good maner he haþ from hym schifte
ffor y haue ofte seen þis in fay
Þat fro manye men he haþ manhode refte
Note: Lacks last four lines.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: orig. ed. 34-5.