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The good wife shows forth best she can
‘The Thewis off Gudwomen’ — 306 lines in couplets
Title(s): ‘The Thewis off Gudwomen’
Subjects: women, advice to; women, good qualities of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.5, Part VI, ff. 49-53
First Lines:
[T]he gud wyf schawis fore best scho canne
quhilkes ar thewis of gud women…
Last Lines:
…And fore al cristynne man and me
Amen amen fore cherytee
Attributed Title: The thewis off gudwomen (f. 49); Explicit liber moralis secundum dicta antiquorum patrum etc etc etc (f. 53)
Editions:
Stevenson, Joseph. The Scottish Metrical Romance of Lancelot du Lak. Maitland Club 48. Edinburgh, 1839: 173-85.
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. Ratis Raving, and other Moral and Religious Pieces in prose and verse. EETS o.s. 43 (1870); repr. 1973: 103-12.
Girvan, Ritchie, ed. Ratis raving, and other early Scots poems on morals. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 11. Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1939: 80-100.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948: 176-96.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.23 (191), ff. 164-167v
First Lines:
Þe gud wiff schawis þe best scho can
Quhilk ar the thewis of a gud voman…
Last Lines:
…And puttis þame out of goddis grace
Thus bath ar tynt throu vikkidnase
Attributed Title: Incipiunt documenta matris ad filiam (f. 164); Explicit documentum matris ad filiam per manum I de R capellam (f. 167v)
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Bruce by John Barbour. EETS e.s. 11 (1870); 21 (1874); 29 (1877); 55 (1889); repr. in 2 vols, 1968: 4.525-36.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Bruce, etc. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 31-33. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1894: 203-14.
Girvan, Ritchie, ed. Ratis raving, and other early Scots poems on morals. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 11. Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1939: 80-100.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948: 176-96.