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The wise man in his book hath this saying
Proverbs of old Philosophers, in Latin, French, and English — the English text usually in quatrains (aabb)
Note: Each stanza a Latin proverb, attributed to a prophet, poet, or saint, followed by French translation and comment, and English translation of French.
Subjects: proverbs; translations
Versification: — four-line, eight-line, two-line — aabb, aabbccdd, aa
Macaronic: French



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 307rb-309va
First Lines:
Þe wyse mon in his bok haþ þis seying
Þat þe biginnyng of good liuyng…
Last Lines:
…And god þat made alle þing
ȝif vs alle good endyng
A. M. E. N. Amen.
Note: Interspersed with French and Latin verse; in couplets.
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 2.522-53.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 4733, f. 30
Note: English text only.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 118va-18vc
First Lines:
Þe wise mon in his bok haþ þis seing
Þat þe biginnynge of gode… lyuyng
Last Lines:
…He þat ȝiftes withouten decert
His freodam he sulleþ & looseþ apert…
Note: Two folios missing between ff. 118v and 119.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.