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Arise early / Serve god devoutly
Precepts in -ly; the texts show much variation — 16 lines in most witnesses, monorhyming
Note: This list includes versions beginning, ‘First…’ formerly listed separately as 799; see also 553, 976, 4810, 4840; Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 170; Ringler Jr. (1988)TP 160.5.
Subjects: precepts
Versification: — sixteen-line — aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3401
Transcription:
Aryse erly
serve God devoutly
þe world besili
Go thi way sadly
answere demvrely
Go to thy mete appetently
& arise temperatly
& to þi soper soberly
& to thy bede meryly
And be ther jocondly
& slepe suerly
Note: 11 lines.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 172.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 139.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1047, f. 1
First Lines:
A ryse erly and serue god devoutly
And the worlde besyly…
Last Lines:
…And then slepe suverly [sic]
This ffesyk is holi
Note: 16 lines.
Attributed Title: A medsyn for the stomake (f. 1) in rubric
Facsimiles:
Hodgett, G. A. J., ed. Stere Htt Well: a book of medieval refinements, recipes and remedies, from a manuscript in Samuel Pepys’s library. Adelaide: Mary Martin Books, [1970?]; Cambridge, 1972.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 86
Note: Contained in 917.
Editions:
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 480-1.
4.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, f. 16v
Note: 16 lines, written as prose.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.233.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: orig. ed. 359; rev. ed. 247.
Patterson, Frank A. “Shakspeare and the Medieval Lyric.” Shakesperian Studies by Members of the Department of English And Comparative Literature in Columbia University. B. Matthews, and A. H. Thorndike, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 1916. 431-52: 449.
George, D. “Daniel George’s Scrapbook.” Now and Then No. 83 (Spring, 1951): 22: 22.
5.Source: London, British Library Sloane 747, f. 65v
Note: 11 lines.
6.Source: London, British Library Sloane 775, f. 56v
7.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1360, f. 232
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.13.
8.Source: London, British Library Stowe 850, f. 1
Note: 11 lines.
9.Source: London, British Library Printed Book IB.49408 (Alliaco1480), f. 34v
First Lines:
Aryse erly
serue god deuotly
& the worlde besyly
do þi woork a vysely…
Last Lines:
…Please thi love duly
& she slep suerly
Note: Added by hand to blank leaf: 16 lines, written as prose; possibly copied from Boke of Hawking, Hunting, and Blasing of Arms, [St Albans, 1486] since same hand copies other prose texts from this print on 34v-35 (Four things that make a man wise; ‘Who that makyth in cristmas a dogge to his larder’; etc.).
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “Middle English Apophthegms in a Caxton Volume: Libri impressi cum notis manuscriptis X.” English Language Notes 1 (1963-64): 81-4: 82.
10.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, f. 187v
Note: 10 lines.
Editions:
Kurvinen, Auvo. “MS. Porkington 10. Description with Extracts.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 54 (1953): 33-67: 60.
11.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk], f. 1v
First Lines:
Fyrst a Rysse erly
serve thy god devly…
Last Lines:
…And Basse hyr onys
Or tewþis myrely
Note: Formerly 799.
Editions:
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. A Commonplace Book of the Fifteenth Century. Norwich: Kerrison, Goose, 1886: 11-14.
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. “Notes on A Common-Place Book of the Fifteenth Century with a Religious Play of Abraham and Isaac.” The Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany. Walter Rye, ed. 3 vols. Norwich: Goose & Co, 1873-87: 3.115-67: 148-9.
12.Source: New York, Columbia University Library Plimpton Addenda 2, ff. 4-4v
First Lines:
Aryse erly
Serve god deuotely…
Last Lines:
…Be ther ynn Iocondely
And slepe sewrely
Note: 9 lines.
13.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 516, f. 27
First Lines:
Aryse erlye
serue god devoutle
The worlde hesely
do þi warkes wysle…
Last Lines:
…be therin yocundly
and slepe so sureley
Note: 14 monorhyming lines written as prose, added to originally blank space in lower margin of page by hand of of the fifteenth century.



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Oxford, Golden Cross Inn, walls in ‘painted chamber’
Transcription:
First…
Note: Formerly 799.
Editions:
Hole, Christina. English Custom and Useage. London: Batsford, 1941: 106.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 4851. Paruus Catho [et] Magnus Catho, [Caxton, 1476] , f. 36
Transcription:
Aryse erly
Serue god deuoutly
The world besily
Goo thy way sadly
Answere demurely
Go to thy mete appetently
And aryse temperatly
And to thy soup soberly
And to thy bed merily
And be there iosondly
And slepe sewrly
Note: Huntington R. B. 62364; written in two columns so that it could be read down one column and then down the other, or across, with all lines beginning ‘And’ as second halves of lines; however, sense seems to suggest the former reading, as above.
2.Source: STC 17030. Lydgate, John, Stans puer ad mensam, [Westminster: Printed by William Caxton, 1476?]
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 2.224.
3.Source: STC 3308. Boke of Hawking, Hunting, and Blasing of Arms, [St Albans, 1486] , sig. fv
First Lines:
Arise erly
serue god deuouteli…
Last Lines:
…Be in thyn Inne Iocundely
Plese thy loue duly
And slepe surely
Note: CUL shelfmark: Inc. 3. J. 4. 1. (3636).
Facsimiles:
Blades, William. The Biography and Typography of William Caxton, England’s first printer. London: Trübner, 1877; repr. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1971: 2.50 (11 lines).
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 2.59.