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DIMEV 5528
The wise man his son forbade
Advice to fathers regarding their sons’ career choice — one eight-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Subjects: advice; counsel; warnings; occupations
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 163 [olim Wagstaff 9, prior Petworth 8], f. 29
First Lines:
The wyse man his sone for bede
Masons crafte and all clymbynge…
Last Lines:
…Better þu were to kys the yatis
And euer be warre or þu be woo
Editions:
Lass, Roger. “Three Middle English Cautionary Lyrics from a Yale University Ms.” Anglia 83 (1965): 172-5: 172.