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Who will further him stretch
Hom dit a re prouver en Engleys’, an English proverb — one long irregular couplet in Le dite de hosebondrie by Walter de Henley
Note: Cf. 4291; for a variant occurring separately cf. 1907.
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, College of Arms, Arundel 14: not found in this copy.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 98 (SC 21672), f. 188
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.471 (SC 15516), f. 16v
3.Source: Oxford, Merton College 321, f. 153v
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.7.6, Part II, f. 8vb
Transcription:
Wose strecches his fot forther than his clothes wylen rechen
In the strau his feet he mot strecchen
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.7.14, f. 228vb
Transcription:
Ho se strecheȝ forther þan his whitel recheȝ
In þe strau his fet he mot streche
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.9.38, f. 252va
Transcription:
Who þrosteȝ forþer þen his whitel Wolle reche
In þe strau his feet hee mot streche
Note: Written as prose.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.1, f. 251ra
Transcription:
Wo þat strechet forþerre þan his wytel wyle reche
In þe straue his fet he mot streche
Editions:
Lamond, Elizabeth, ed. Walter of Henley’s Husbandry. London, New York: Longmans, Green, 1890: 4.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948: 75.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. “The Index of Middle English Verse: Corrections, Additions, Deletions.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 49 (1948): 126-33: 132.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.3.11, f. 77v
Transcription:
wo þat wole forthere hym stretche
þan hys wytel walle retche
In þe strau hys fot heȝ mot stretche
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 301, f. 69
Transcription:
Wo þe strekth vorther þane his hwitel wole areche
he ssall ligge in þe strawe
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.26 (1438), f. 99
Transcription:
Huo þat hym wole furthere strecche
þen hiis witel him reche
in the chaf his fet he mot streche
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 6159, f. 222r1
Transcription:
Hwo þat wile forpere him stretche
þen his whitel wole retche
in þe chaf he mot him stretche
Attributed Author: Sire Walter de Henley (f. 222)
Attributed Title: Le dite de hosebounderie (f. 222)
12.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 1176, f. 132
13.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 92
14.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 468 (formerly D.XI.1)
15.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Register J, p. 2001
Transcription:
hwo þat wille forþere strecche
þan his whitel wole reche
ine þe chaf he mot him strecche
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Historical Manuscripts Commission Ninth Report: Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Most Hon. The Marquis of Salisbury, K. G., etc., preserved at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. 24 vols. (1883-84, with addenda to 1976): App., 75.
16.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Register P, f. 139
Transcription:
And yitt him wole furthere streche
þan his witel him wole [?reche]
þe chaf his fet he mot streche
17.Source: London, Corporation of London Records Office [formerly Guildhall] Liber Horn
Note: A nineteenth-century transcript by H. T. Riley is Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 4026, f. 45.
18.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Acland Hood, St. Audries, Somerset
Note: Hamer (1995) lists as Unidentified, Missing or Destroyed.
19.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 7011, f. 57v



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 25007. Henley, Walter de, Boke of husbandry, [London: W. de Worde, 1508?]
2.Source: STC 25007.3. Henley, Walter de, The booke of thrift, containing a perfite order, and right methode to profite lands, and other things belonging to husbandry. Newly Englished, and set out by I.B. gentleman of Caen in France, London: Printed by Iohn Wolfe., 1589