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When I advertise in my remembrance / And see how fell
Benedict Burgh, ‘Parvus Cato’ — 1185 lines in rhyme royal stanzas and one 8-line Envoy
Note: For Burgh’s ‘Cato Major’ see 1418
Author(s): Benedict Burgh
Title(s): Parvus Cato’ (Burgh)
Subjects: envoys; advice, moral
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Macaronic: Latin
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. theol. e.15 (from Hamer (1995)); see Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.15 (SC 32401); The Book callid Caton, [Caxton, 1483?]



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.15 (SC 32401), ff. 5-6v
First Lines:
Whan I aduerte in my remembraunce
and se hou feel folke erren greuously…
Last Lines:
…Whan ye it rede lete not your hert be thens
Doth as he saith with al your hool entent
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), ff. 161-162
First Lines:
When y adverte yn my remembrans
And see how folke erryt grevusly…
Last Lines:
…When ye hyt rede lette not yowre hert be þens
doyth as he sayyth with al ys hole entente
Note: With the usual Latin texts preceding first six stanzas
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.31, ff. 7-7v
First Lines:
whenne I advertice in my remembraunce
And see how fele folke erryn greuously
Last Lines:
who so haue done the goode haue in remembraunce
Love euery wyght and that schall the avaunce
Note: With Latin above the first two stanzas and to the right of the third through the sixth, beginning above the first: ‘Cvm animauerterem quam plurimos homines grauiter errare…’
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.4.9, ff. 87v-88v
First Lines:
Whan I adu[er]tese to my remenbrauunce
And see how fele folke erryn grevously
Last Lines:
Whan ye it rede lete not your hert be thence
dothe as þis saythe w[i]t[h] all yo[ur] hole entent
Explicit
Note: Latin prose texts precede each stanza, beginning ‘Cum anima adu[er]tere[m]…’ on f. 87v.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 28v-30
First Lines:
Whan I aduertyse in my remembrance
And see how feele folk erre greuously…
Last Lines:
Whan ȝe it rede lat not ȝowr hert be thens
doth as thys saith w[i]t[h] all ȝowr hoole entent
Note: Latin preceding each first 6 stanzas, the first beginning ‘Cvm a[n]i[m]aduertere[m] q[ui]a plurimos ho[m]i[n]es in via mor[um] graueter errare opinioni eorum fore me…’
Attributed Author: ‘Explicit Liber parui Catonis’ on f. 30
Attributed Title: ‘Explicit Liber parui Catonis’ on f. 30
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Burghsche Cato-Paraphrase.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 115 (1905): 298-323; 116 (1906): 25-40: 303-4.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2006, pp. 211-212
First Lines:
whan I adu[er]tyse my remenbraunce
and see how fele erren grevously
In þe wey…
Last Lines:
when ye it rede lat not yo[ur] hert be thence
Doth as he seith wyth alle yo[ur] hole en tente
Note: Latin text to the right of the first six stanzas
Attributed Author: ‘Incipit cato’ added by another(?) contemporary hand
Facsimiles:
Edwards, A. S. G. “Introduction.” Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile. Magdalen College, Cambridge. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and [Woodbridge, Suffolk]: Boydell and Brewer, 1985.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38179, ff. 20-20v
First Lines:
When I advertyse my Remembraunce and see
How fele erren greivously…
Last Lines:
…Whan ye it rede let not your hert be thens
Doth as he seith wyth all yowr hole entente
Attributed Title: Some Fragments of Cato Translated (f. 20)
8.Source: London, British Library Arundel 168, f. 7ra-7rb
First Lines:
When y me aduertyse in my rememberaunce
And how fele folk erren greuously…
Last Lines:
…When ye it rede late your mynde be þence
Doth as it saye with all your hole entent
Attributed Title: Explicit paruus hic Cato (f. 7rb)
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, ff. 98-99
First Lines:
Whan I aduertise in my remembraunce
And se how feel folke erroun greuously…
Last Lines:
…Whan ye it rede lat not your witte be thense
Do as he saith with alle youre herte intente
Note: Each stanza preceded by Latin prose of same content, beginning f. 98, ‘Cum animaduerterem quam plurimes homines grauiter errare in viam morum…’
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 271, ff. 26-26v
First Lines:
Whan I advertyse in my remembraunce
And se how fell folke erren greuovsly…
Last Lines:
…Who hath done the good haue in remembravnce
loue euery wyȝt & þat schall the avawnce
Note: Followed immediately by 1418.
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 169-169v
First Lines:
Whanne I aduerte to my remembraunce
And see how feele folkis erren greuously…
Last Lines:
…Whanne ye it Rede late nat youre hert be thens
But doth as this sayth with al youre hole entent
Attributed Title: Explicit Cato in minori (f. 169v)
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 4733, f. 3
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 25ra
First Lines:
When I aduertise in my remembraynce
And se how fele folke erren greuously
Last Lines:
Whan ye hit rede let not your hert bethens
Doth as he seith with all youre hole entent
Attributed Title: Explicit [?primus] Cato (f. 25ra, rubric)
14.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 481, f. 1
15.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.ii.14, f. 69-70
First Lines:
Whan I au[er]tise in my remembrau[n]ce
And se how foele folke erren grevously
Last Lines:
Who hathe [worn] the goode haue in remembrau[n]ce
Loue eu[er]y wyght and this shal the avaunce
Note: Latin text in rubric above each stanza, beginning ‘Cvm animadu[er]terem q[ua]m pl[ur]imos ho[m]i[n]es g[ra]uit[er] errare in via moru[m]…’
16.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 259 (U.4.17), pp. 1-3
First Lines:
Whan I aduerte in my remembraunce
And se hou fele folke erren greuously…
Last Lines:
…Whan ye it rede lete not your herte be thennes
Doth as he saith with al your hool entent
Note: Preceded by the Latin prose beginning, ‘Cum animaduerterem quam plurimos homines…’
17.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 8009 [Mun. A.6.31], ff. 48-49
First Lines:
Whan I aduertice my Remembraunce
And se how felle folke erren greuously
In the way of vertuus gouernaunce
I haue supposed in my selffe that I
Last Lines:
whan ye it reed lat not yo[ur] witte be thens
Doth as ye saith with all yo[ur] holle entent
Explicit
Note: With the Latin prose from which each stanza is translated written in rubric before the stanza, beginning ‘cum a[n]i[m]a aduerterem q[ua]m plurimes ho[m]i[n]es…’
18.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Coughton Court, sold Christie’s, 20 Dec. 1972, ff. 89vb-95
19.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M775, ff. 293-294
First Lines:
Whan I advertise in my remembraunce
And see how felle folkle erren greuosly…
Last Lines:
…Whan ye it rede lat nat ȝoure hert be thence
Dooth as he seyth with alle ys hoole entente
Note: 7 x RR; each stanza preceded by Latin
20.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 144 [olim Huth 7], ff. 114-114v
First Lines:
Whan I aduerte to my remembraunce
And see how fele folkes erren greuously…
Last Lines:
…Whanne ye it rede let not your hert be thense
But doth as this saith with all your hole entente
Note: Includes usual Latin headings
Attributed Title: Hic Incipit Paruus Catho (f. 114); Hic finis parui Cathonis (f. 14v)
21.Source: Göttingen, Göttingen University Library Philol.163 n, ff. 1v-84
22.Source: Rome, English College AVCAU MS 1405, f. 89



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 4851. Paruus Catho [et] Magnus Catho, [Caxton, 1476] , ff. 1-2
First Lines:
Whanne I aduerte to my remembrance
And see how fele folkes erren greuously…
Last Lines:
…Whan ye it rede let not your hert be thense
but doth as this saith with al your hole entente
Note: Huntington; R. B. 62364
Attributed Title: Hic Incipit paruus Catho (f. 1); Hic finis parui cathonis (f. 2)
2.Source: STC 4850. Paruus Catho [et] Magnus Catho, [Caxton, 1477]
3.Source: (STC 4852. Paruus Catho [et] Magnus Catho, [Caxton, 1483]
Editions:
Kuriyagawa, Fumio. “Paruus Cato Magnus Cato.” Seijo English Monograph 13. Tokyo: Seijo University, 1974: 1-78.