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When so will wit over-step
Will and Wit — eight lines (abababab)
Note: For similar lines see 6481; for another poem on this theme see 3342. Cf. also 6684.
Subjects: advice
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.IX, f. 246v
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Owl and the Nightingale. Percy Society 11. London: Richard, 1843: 67.
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 192.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 65.
Dickins, Bruce. The Conflict of Wit and Will; fragments of a Middle English alliterative poem. Leeds Texts and Monographs 4 Kendal: T. Wilson, 1937: 9.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 152.