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And if thou wist what thing it were
Alphabetical sequence of aphorisms — twenty-three quatrains (aabb)
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Gough Norfolk 43, ff. 52v-53
First Lines:
And if thou wost what thing it were…
Last Lines:
…Be merry honest and liberal
Editions:
Crum, Margaret. First-Line Index of English Poetry 1500-1800 in Manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1969: 1.A1277.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], ff. 59-60v
First Lines:
And yff thou wyst what thyng yt were
connyng to lerne and with the bere…
Last Lines:
…yt ys a vertu a bove all thyng
to be occupyd in vertu & lernyng
Note: Introduced by rhyming quatrain, beg. ‘here folowyth the propre treatyse…’; see 1970.
Facsimiles:
Wilson, Edward. “Introduction.” The Winchester Anthology. A Facsimile of British Library Additional Manuscript 60577. With an account of the music by Iain Fenlon. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1981.