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The proverbs of Solomon do plainly declare
Proverbs attributed to Solomon — twenty-three stanzas ottava rima
Subjects: proverbs; Solomon
Versification: — eight-line — abababcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 183 [olim Hawkins], ff. 7-9v
First Lines:
The proverbes of Salmon do playnly declare
That wysdome ys the vessell that longest will endure…
Last Lines:
…When thowe spekest let men marvell at thy shamefacenes
When thow spekest not let them wondre at thy sobernes
Note: Ends, ‘Withe leavinge honour to women I ende quod Bryan’ (f. 9); written by a hand of the sixteenth century.
Editions:
Kinsman, Robert S. “‘The Proverbes of Salmon Do Playnly Declare’: a Sententious Poem on Wisdom and Governance, Ascribed to Sir Francis Bryan.” Huntington Library Quarterly 42 (1978-79): 279-312: 279-312.
Hanna, Ralph, ed. “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: A Checklist of Addenda.” Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980): 235-58: 253.