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There is none so wise man but he may wisdom lere
‘Devoute & vertuos wordes’ — four long lines
Title(s): ‘Devoute & vertuos wordes’
Subjects: precepts; proverbs; wisdom
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 73
Transcription:
þere is none so wyse man but he may wisdame Leere
þere is none so stronge man but he may fynde his peere
þere is none so fals man but some man may him leve
þere is none so meke a man but some man may him greve
Attributed Title: Devoute & vertuos wordes (f. 73)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157), f. 29v
Transcription:
Ther is no man so myghty but som man may hym dere
Nor no man so witte but som man may hym lere
Nor no man is so variant but som man wil hym leve
Nor no man is so pacient but som man may hym greve
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 285.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 80v
Transcription:
There is non so wise a Man
But he may wisdam leere
And ther is none so stronge a man
But he may fynde his peere
Nor there is none so false a man
But some man wil hym leeve
And there is none so meke a man
But som man may hym greve
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 285.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], f. 77v
Transcription:
There is none so wise a man
But he may wisdam leere
And ther is none so strong a man
But he may fynd his peere
Nor ther is none so false a man
But summan wil hym leve
And there is non so meke a man
But sum man may hym greve