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The higher degree the more wise [The herrere degre þe more wys]
‘Man bewarre er the be woo’ — fourteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Title(s): ‘Man bewarre er the be woo’
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 102 (SC 1703), ff. 113-114
First Lines:
The herrer degre þe more wys
þe gretter worschip þe nobler fame…
Last Lines:
…Er ȝoure synnes ȝoure soules apele
Eche man be war er hym be woo
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: Man be warre er the be woo (f. 113)
2.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 163 [olim Wagstaff 9, prior Petworth 8], f. 29
First Lines:
The Wyse man his sone forbede
Masons crafte and alle clymbynge…
Last Lines:
…Better pu were to kys the yatis
And euer be warre or pu be woo
Note: Not Beinecke Library, Wagstaff 9 as listed in Brown and Robbins (1943); not Brown and Robbins (1943) 5852, as listed in Shailor (1984), 1.217; immediately preceded by 4490 and followed by 3811, as if three stanzas; stanza 6 only
Editions:
Kail, J., ed. Twenty-Six Political and Other Poems…from Bodleian MSS Digby 102 and Douce 322. EETS o.s. 124 (1904; repr. 1973): 60.