The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
There been four things causing great folly
Four things that make man a fool — one stanza rhyme royal
Cf. also 6798
; this text and also
are both founded on the Latin
lines found in MSS Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), f. 196 and London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 20:
Quatuor infatuant honor, etas, femina, uinum
Subjects: advice, moral
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1b)
, f. 35
There beone foure thinges causinge gret folly
Honour first and
…in great honor Learne this of me
with thine estate haue
Attributed Title: Bon counsaile (f. 35)
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle.
Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University
Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600)
, p. 9
þer beon foure thinges causing gret folye
honnour first and
Wymmen an wyne I dare eeke specefye
Make wyse men fallen in
…In gret honnour lerne þis of me
With þyne estate
Attributed Title: Yit of þe same [i.e. ‘A seying of daun Johan’ (p. 8)] (p.
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems.
o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.708.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729
, f. 132r2
ther bien fowr thyngs causyng gret folye
honoue fyrst and wnwyldy
…In great honour lerne this of me
whiche thyn estate have
Before heading to 5559
, relating to several
short entries that follow, ‘Here beginneth serten thinges of Iohn lydgat
copied out of þe boke of Iohn sherley / by Iohn stowe’ (f. 132),
apparently added by scribe (John Stow); ); as heading to this text, ‘yet
of the same’, referring to heading to 5559
which is ‘a seyng of dan Iohn lydgat’ (f. 132)
Attributed Author: Iohn lydgat (f. 132)
Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers
addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of
Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere
[Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper.
London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.552.
Skeat, Walter William,
The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.
7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.297.