The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
There been four things that make a man a fool
Four things that make a man a fool — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: advice, moral
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600)
, p. 8
Þere beoþe foure thinges þat makeþ man a
honnour first putteþe him in oultrage
And aldernexst solytarye
Þe secound is vnweldy crooked aage…
…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,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems.
o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.708.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729
, f. 132r1
ther be fowr thyngs that makyth man a fooll
honnour fyrst puttethe
hym in owhtrage…
…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
Attributed Author: Iohn lydgat (f. 132)
Attributed Title: a seyng of dan 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: 1.551.
Skeat, Walter William,
The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.
7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.297.