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Tell not thy friend all that thou wost
Warning against telling all one knows, in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
— a single stanza of eight lines
Note: Cf. bad key, F635.
Subjects: speech, advice concerning
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 2rb
First Lines:
Tel nouth þi frend al [þat þu wost]
ffor perauenture or it cum to e[ ]…
Last Lines:
…þat þu ne þornouth seþ [ ]
Queþer þu gost or wakst [ ]
Note: The endings of all the lines are defective.
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 1.