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DIMEV 6465
IMEV 4049.2
NIMEV 4049.2
When thou art at Rome
Verses exhorting reader to conform to his surroundings — two couplets translating ‘Cum fueris Rome…
Subjects: aphorisms; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), f. 142v
Transcription:
Whan tho herd dome rome
do so of ther þe dome
when þu herd hels ware
do of ther as þe dothe thare
Note: Translating ‘Cum fueris Rome…’, which precedes 7 lines above; English written as prose at bottom of page.
Editions:
Meech, Sanford Brown. “A Collection of Proverbs in Rawlinson MS D 328.” Modern Philology 38 (1940-41): 113-32: 122.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4192
Transcription:
Whan thou art at Rome
do after the dome
And whan þout art els wher
do as they do ther
Note: Translating ‘Cum fueris Rome…’, which follows immediately; both written as prose.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 202.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 130.
Tilley, Morris Palmer. A Dictionary of the Proverbs in England in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, 1950: 575.