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IMEV 4074
NIMEV 4074
Whilst I had youth I wist nought what it was
Richard Sellyng, An old man’s counsel to beware — seven stanzas rhyme royal of moral introduction, followed by ‘An Vocation til Oure Lady’ of fourteen stanzas rhyme royal, and a conclusion of six couplets wherein Squire Sellyng requests John Shirley ‘to amende where it is amisse’
Author(s): Richard Sellyng
Title(s): ‘Evidens to be ware’
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — seven-line, two-line — ababbcc, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 36ra-36vb
First Lines:
Whilist I hade youþe I wist nouȝt what it was
And yete þer of hade I aye grete plentee…
Last Lines:
And assemble to speke of thyngis trewe
Off fernyeeris alsoo oure talis renuwe
Attributed Title: Evidens to be ware and gode covnsayel made nowe / late by that honurable squier Richard Sellyng (f. 36rb, rubric)
Editions:
Baugh, Albert Croll. “Richard Sellyng,” Essays and Studies in Honor of Carleton Brown. Carleton Fairchild Brown, and Percy Waldron, eds. Long New York: NYU Press, 1940: 167-81: 176-81.