The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Understand what thou were and what thou art
A bishop reminds himself of his humble origins — one couplet in an
Subjects: advice, moral; sermons, verse in
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 351/568
, f. 97
under stand wel gris wat þou were and wat þu ert
þou driue þi fader cart
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.
Catalogue of sources for a Linguistic Atlas of Early Medieval
Cambridge: UP, 1993: (mistranscribing as ‘drue’ in second
2.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 78
, f. 225va
Undyrstande what thow were and art
ffor sum tyme thow dreue thy fadyr
Note: Written as prose.
“Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.”
92 (1974): 55-78: 74.