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DIMEV 6106
NIMEV 3823.77
Understand what thou were and what thou art
A bishop reminds himself of his humble origins — one couplet in an exemplum
Note: See James (1907), 1.398.
Subjects: advice, moral; sermons, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 351/568, f. 97
Transcription:
under stand wel gris wat þou were and wat þu ert
and hou þou driue þi fader cart
Note: Cf. Wenzel (1974), no. 78.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 2 vols. Cambridge: at the UP, 1907: 1.398.
Laing, Margaret. Catalogue of sources for a Linguistic Atlas of Early Medieval English. Cambridge: UP, 1993: (mistranscribing as ‘drue’ in second line).
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 78, f. 225va
Transcription:
Undyrstande what thow were and art
ffor sum tyme thow dreue thy fadyr cart
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 74.