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The wise man said to his sons
‘Prouerbis of Wysdom’ — 106 lines in couplets
Note: All texts show some variation. Some of the couplets appearing separately in other MSS are listed individually: e.g., 42, 1867, 6442.
Title(s): ‘Prouerbis of Wysdom’
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.2.59 (559), f. 209v: see 5530-3, f. 209v (below).



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 9 (SC 1851), ff. 99-101v
First Lines:
[T]he wysman seyde to hys sones
Thenk on þise prouerbis þat after comes…
Last Lines:
…We schal dye we noye how sone
To day a man to morow none
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “Three Middle English Poems.” Englische Studien 23 (1897): 438-45: 442-4.
Schleich, Gustav, ed. “Die sprichwörter Hendings und die Prouerbis of Wisdom.” Anglia 51 (1927): 220-77: 221-4.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526), ff. 54va-55rb
First Lines:
The wyse man sayd to his sonnes
Thynke on the prouerbis after conys…
Last Lines:
…God that syttyþe In Trynyte
On vs al haue mercy & pyte
Note: Includes 42, 2363, 3011, 3266, 6442.
Attributed Title: This ffolowyng ben the Prouerbis of wysdom (f. 54va)
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. “The Prouerbis of Wysdom.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 90 (1893): 241-68: 243-8.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 209v-211
First Lines:
[T]He wyseman sayd vnto hys sonne
Thynke on these prouerbys that sftyr come
Who that no vertew vseth
Honoure in age hym refuseth…
Last Lines:
…We shall dy we wote nat howe soone
To day a man to morow noone
Note: Includes several couplets listed separately when in other MSS, including 4798; and see cross-references.
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
4.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, ff. 131-146v
First Lines:
Offe witte & wisedome þe begynnyge
ys drede of god & þe endynge…
Last Lines:
…These prouerbes of Salomon
þe wisest man þat euer was one
Note: Copied into the lower margins; variant version: 64 lines.
5.Source: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9, ff. 107v