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Who hath that cunning by wisdom or prudence
The deceitfulness of friendship — one 8-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Subjects: friendship, deceitfulness of
Versification: — eight-line, heroic stanza — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.82 (SC 12900), f. 34
First Lines:
Wo hath þat Conyng by wysdam or prudence
to know whether his frende be feynt or stable 
Last Lines:
 Allas to say hit ys full lementable
Vnneth A man now may truste his owne broþer
Note: A different (sixteeth to seventeenth-century) hand wrote ‘marke thus well’ on the margin and copied the stanza changing the last line to: ‘Deseaytis so great men trust not ther brother’.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 101.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 119.