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Son let not idleness you enslumber
Counsels by a father and mother — two 4-line stanzas
Note: Same as stanzas 1 & 2 of 6039.
Subjects: instructions; children, instructions for the behavior of
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 52 (SC 6936), f. 65v
Transcription:
Son lett not ydelnesse ȝou enslombre
Nor wydnesse of clothys ȝou encombre
[ ] ȝour loue precious put ȝour reflygth
[ ] reward ȝou as it is rygth
Note: Stanza 1 only.
Editions:
Brotanek, Rudolph. Mittelenglische Dichtungen aus der Handschrift 432 des Trinity College in Dublin. Halle: Niemeyer, 1940: 49.
Black, William Henry. Catalogi Codicum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae…Pars X, A…Catalogue of the Manuscripts bequeathed…by Elias Ashmole. Oxford: Clarendon, 1845: 91.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.4.20 (652), f. 171
First Lines:
Dere s[ ] let not ydelnes yow enslombre
Ne wydenes of clothes you encombre…
Last Lines:
…Ne lat nat youre yen be nettys of your care
ffor aftyr ryot sone comythe evyll fare
Note: ‘Moder’ and ‘ffader’ written in margin.
Editions:
Brotanek, Rudolph. Mittelenglische Dichtungen aus der Handschrift 432 des Trinity College in Dublin. Halle: Niemeyer, 1940: 49.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948: 72-3.