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Whoso will beware of purchasing
‘Twelve points for purchasers of land to look to’, sometimes attributed to Sir John Fortescue — ten or twelve couplets
Note: Edition from unidentified source is Clermont (1869), 1.543.
Author(s): Sir John Fortescue (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘Twelve points for purchasers of land to look to’
Subjects: land, purchasing of; utilitarian instructions
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), f. 21v
First Lines:
Who so wyll be were in purchasyng
Consider þe poyntes þat be þer Inne…
Last Lines:
…And in x ȝere if þou wyse be
Thou shall a geyn þi money se
Note: 22 lines.
Editions:
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 70-1; 448-51; 602.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 54 (SC 21628), f. 64
First Lines:
Who so wilbe wise in purchasinge
consyder þe poyntes þat ben followinge…
Last Lines:
…& in xiiij yeare yf thow wysse are
þou shalte agayne thy money see
Note: 22 lines.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lat. misc. c.66 [olim Capesthorne], f. 101bv
First Lines:
Who so will be wise in purchasynge
Considre the poyntis þat byn suynge…
Last Lines:
…& if thou a wise purcheser be
In x yere day thou shalt a gayn the money see
Note: 20 lines.
Attributed Author: Fortescu (f. 101bv)
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Poems of Humphrey Newton, Esquire, 1466-1536.” PMLA 65 (1950): 249-81: 275.
Hanna, Ralph, ed. “Humphrey Newton and Bodleian Library, MS Lat. Misc. C.66.” Medium Ævum 69 (2000): 279-91: 287 (extracts).
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.252 (SC 11598), f. 1
First Lines:
Who will beware in purchasing
Consider the poyntis that byn folowyng…
Last Lines:
…In xv yeeres yef thou wyse be
Thou shalt ageyn thy money see
Note: 22 lines.
Editions:
Clermont, Thomas Fortescue, baron, ed. The Works of Sir John Fortescue, Knight. 2 vols. London, 1869: 1.543.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 70-1.
5.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 206
First Lines:
Who so will beware in purchasynge
Consydre the poyntes that ben suynge…
Last Lines:
…In xv yere yf thow wise be
þu shallt a gayn thy money see
Explicit
Note: 24 lines.
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: 133.
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: 137-8.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.2.6, f. 58v
First Lines:
Who so wille be wise in purchasyng
Consider thes poynteȝ that ben folowyng…
Last Lines:
…And if thow wise purchasour be
In x yere day thou shalt thi mony se
Note: 18 lines.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 249-50.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157), f. 24
First Lines:
Who so woll be wise in purse purchesyng
Considre the poyntes that be folowyng…
Last Lines:
…And if þu wise purchessour be
in x yere day þu shalt agayne þi money se
Note: 20 lines.
Editions:
Mooney, Linne R. “Practical Didactic Works in Middle English.” Diss. Toronto, 1981: 436-7.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 6702, f. 109
First Lines:
Who so wylbe ware of purchasinge
consider these poyntes folow[inge]…
Last Lines:
…In fyftene yeres yf thou wyse be
Agayne thou shalt thy money see
Note: 22 lines, written two lines of verse per line in the MS.
Attributed Title: Certeyn verses to be taken heed of Every purch[aser] (f. 109)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25001, f. 2v
First Lines:
Who so will be ware of purchasing
consider theise points that be following…
Last Lines:
…In xv yeares if thou wise be
againe thou shalt thy mony see
Note: 22 lines.
10.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 470, f. 298v
First Lines:
Who so wolbe wyse in purchasyng
Consider the Poyntes þat ben sewyng…
Last Lines:
…And if thow wise purchasour bee
In xv yere day þu shalte agayne thy money see
Note: 20 lines.
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, and Francis Douce. Catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts in the British Museum. 2 vols. London, 1819: 2.130.
11.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, f. 2v
First Lines:
Who wolbe ware in purchasing
Concidre the poyntes that been folowing…
Last Lines:
…In xv yere yf thowe wise be
thowe shall agayne thy money see
& so þat the seller that therof seased be
Stonde not owtelawed in maner degre
Note: 24 lines, written two lines of verse per line in the MS.
Editions:
McFarlane, K. B. “The Investment of Sir John Fastolf’s Profits of War.” Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 5th ser. 7 (1957): 91-116: 112.
12.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 B.XLVII, f. 59
First Lines:
Ihesu as thou art heuen kyng
Sende vs grace to haue knowyng
Who wille be warre in purchasyng
Considre the poyntes here folowyng…
Last Lines:
…In xv yere if ye wise be
Ye shalle ayein your money see
Note: 24 lines, with an introductory couplet.
13.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Lit. B.2 [formerly Y.10.16], f. 9
First Lines:
Whoo will be ware in purchesyng
Consider the poyntes that be folowyng…
Last Lines:
…In xv yere if thou wise be
thou shalt ageyne thy money se
Se whether the tenure be bonde or fre
And se a release of euery feoffe
Note: Account book of St Augustine’s Abbey, c. 1519; 24 lines including added last couplet.
Editions:
DuBoulay, F. R. H. “The Lordship of Canterbury: An Essay on Medieval Society.” London: Nelson, 1966: 158.
14.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 306, f. 203
First Lines:
Who so wyll be ware of purchassyng
Consydre theese poyntes folowyng…
Last Lines:
…And yn tenne yere if ye wyse bee
ye shall a geyne youre syluer see
Note: 20 lines; on flyleaf.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 24; rev. ed. 44.
Gairdner, James, ed. Three Fifteenth-Century Chronicles. Camden Society n.s. 28 (1880): xxvi.
15.Source: London, Lincoln’s Inn Misc. 2 [formerly Class V, 46; or Misc. 46], ff. iii-iv
First Lines:
Who wyll be ware in purchasyng
Considere þe pointes here folowyng…
Last Lines:
…In xv yeres iff þu wise be
Thou schalt agane þi monay see
Note: 24 lines; written as prose.
Editions:
Mooney, Linne R. “Practical Didactic Works in Middle English.” Diss. Toronto, 1981: 439-42.
16.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Davies-Cooke 30, flyleaf
First Lines:
Who wille ware in purchasing
Consyder the poyntes that ben following…
Note: Hamer (1995) lists as Unidentified, Missing or Destroyed.
Editions:
Historical Manuscripts Commission, Sixth Report, with Appendix. (1877-78): 420.