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Waste bringeth a kingdome in need
‘Þe Prouerbis of Salamon’ — 90 eight-line stanzas (abababab)
Title(s): ‘Þe Prouerbis of Salamon’
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 10ra-14va
First Lines:
Wast bryngyth a kyngdome in nede
Nede makyth a man to trauayle
The more trauayle þe more mede
So he do by goode counsayle…
Last Lines:
…And takeþ hys frendys good aȝeyn ryȝt
To fende hym ther with aȝens hys foo
Attributed Title: Here…begynnyth þe prouerbis of Salamon (f. 10ra); Here endyth þe prouerbys of Salamon… (f. 14va)
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Brunner, Karl. “Spätme, Lehrgedichte 1: Proverbs of Salamon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 161 (1932): 191-5; 164 (1933): 178-99: 178-91.
Brunner, Karl. “Spätme, Lehrgedichte 2: Cantus cuiusdam Sapientis.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 164 (1933): 178-99: 194-5.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1584, f. 62v
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], f. 120
Note: 38 stanzas, only 21 of which appear in Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38 and Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 1584.
Editions:
Brunner, Karl. “Spätme, Lehrgedichte 2: Cantus cuiusdam Sapientis.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 164 (1933): 178-99: 193-9.