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IMEV 317
NIMEV 317
And ye will please god greatly / Use privy penance discretely
Good counsel, including precepts in -ly — varying number of lines, a triplet and couplets
Note: For similar series of precepts see 560, 560, 4810, 4840.
Subjects: precepts; aphorisms
Versification: — two-line, three-line — aa, aaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 73
First Lines:
Love gentyl Ihesu fervently
Adversete take pacyently
Prosperyty vse it mekely
Heven to reioyse þus esely…
Last Lines:
…Nowe lorde Ihesu I crye þee nowe mercy
To do penaunce or þat I hens dye
Note: 18 lines.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 393 (SC 2224), f. 31rb
First Lines:
Preuy penawus discretly
Devoute prayr clerly…
Last Lines:
…Be sobre sad & chast
And telle no wordis in wast
Note: Seven lines only; written as prose.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.6.1, f. 142v
First Lines:
And ye will please god gretly
Use preuey penaunce discretly
And deuoute prayers clerly
Mesurably eate and drynke…
Last Lines:
…And god schalbe god
When goollde ys goon
Note: 17 lines.
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 25.
4.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1995, f. 78v
Transcription:
In mesure ete slepe and drynke
Wake a monge pray and thyke
Be goodely sadde and chaste
Loke ye speke noo wordys waste
As ye wolde chesse mete and drynke
So ye loke to speke and thynke
Note: 6 lines.