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Whoso will not when he may
A proverbial tag in the Fasciculus Morum
Note: See Whiting (1968), W.275; also occurs separately: see 1912.
Subjects: sermons, verse in; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 186bv
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 67
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 130v
Transcription:
who so wilnoght whan he may
&cetera
Note: Written as prose; incomplete, ending with ‘et cetera’.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 82va
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 114
Transcription:
Who so woll noȝt when he may
He schall noȝt when he [wolde]
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 205.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 71v
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 111va
8.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 149v
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 209vb
Transcription:
Wo so wul noȝt wen he may
he sall noȝt wen he wulde
Note: Followed by 3381 after one Latin line.
10.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 211va
11.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 75v