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Therefore be thine own friend
Verses urging reader to know thyself — 44 lines in eight-line stanzas with refrain, ‘And know thyself wysely I rede’
Subjects: counsel, moral
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 334
First Lines:
…Therefore be thyn own frend
Thynke what þou art in lenth & brede…
Last Lines:
…Therfor I rede þat thow yt lere
& hevyn blis shall be your mede
Attributed Title: Explicit Know thi self wysely I red (p. 334)
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: 70-1.
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: 82-3.