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DIMEV 6467
IMEV 4049.3
NIMEV 4049.3
When thou beginnest a thing
A proverb also used as a motto on a scroll in one MS of Hoccleve’s De Regimine Principum (6116) — one couplet
Note: Cf. 53.
Subjects: proverbs; illustrations, verse accompanying
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 29
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 55.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.11, f. 36
Transcription:
Whanne þu begynnyst a thyng
thynk on the endynge
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.11, f. 58
Transcription:
Whan þu gynnyst ony thyng
þinke vpon the endyng
4.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 111 [olim Phillipps 8151]
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).