The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5559
IMEV 3523
NIMEV 3523
There been four things that make a man a fool
Four things that make a man a fool — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Cf. also 5558 and 6798.
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), p. 8
First Lines:
Þere beoþe foure thinges þat makeþ man a fool
honnour first putteþe him in oultrage
And aldernexst solytarye and sool
Þe secound is vnweldy crooked aage…
Last Lines:
…And mighty wyne in many dyuers wyse
Distempren folk wheche been holden wyse
Attributed Title: A seying of daun Johan (p. 8)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.708.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, f. 132r1
First Lines:
ther be fowr thyngs that makyth man a fooll
honnour fyrst puttethe hym in owhtrage…
Last Lines:
…and myghty wyne in many dyvers wyse
distempern folke whiche bene holden wyse
Note: Before heading, 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).
Attributed Author: Iohn lydgat (f. 132)
Attributed Title: a seyng of dan Iohn lydgat (f. 132)

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. 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
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.551.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.297.