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DIMEV 5531
The wise man the fire shall beat
On good governance of a household — three couplets
Subjects: governance; servants, advice to; servants, instructions to
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Nottingham, Nottingham University Library Mellish Lm 1 [olim Mellish; olim Hadsock Priory nr Worksop], f. 20rb
Transcription:
The wyse man the fuyr schal bete
Man glad & mery gestes shal kepe
The sturne man Styward of halle
to reheyte the gestes alle
The boteler neyder to scars nor to fre
This shal gode houshold gouernede be
Note: Added by a fifteenth-century hand.