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When I bethink me heartily
The Northern version of Cato’s Distiches — in couplets
Title(s): Distiches
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson G.59 (SC 14790), ff. 1-13
First Lines:
When I auysed me ryght hertely
How dyuerse men eren grevously…
Last Lines:
…Certis my scherte wytt made hitt
That I tweyn to gedir knytt
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Ein nordenglische Cato-Version.” Englische Studien 36 (1906) 1-55: 5-55 (odd pages).
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 63, ff. 1-13
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Ein nordenglische Cato-Version.” Englische Studien 36 (1906) 1-55: 4-54 (even pages).
3.Source: Copenhagen, Royal Library, Copenhagen Thott 306 2o , ff. 1-14
Editions:
Brusendorff, Aage. “‘He Knew Nat Catoun for His Wit Was Rude.’” Studies in English Philology: A Miscellany in Honor of Frederick Klaeber. Kemp Malone, and Martin B. Ruud, eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1929: 320-39: 323-4.