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DIMEV 6649
IMEV 4153
NIMEV 4153
Whoso will of nurture lere
Urbanitatis — ninety-eight lines in couplets
Note: Cf. 6641.
Title(s): Urbanitatis
Subjects: manners, treatises on; courtesy books
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 88rb-88vb
First Lines:
Who so wyll of nurtur lere
Herken to me & ȝe shall here…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen so moot hit be
So saye we all for charyte
Note: Nineteenth-century transcription is London, British Library Egerton 2257, ff. 136-137v.
Attributed Title: Vrbanitatis (f. 88rb, by scribe in upper margin and as RT on 88v); Explicit tractus Vrbanitatis (by scribe, following last line, f. 88vb); Vrbanitas a poeme (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Facsimiles:
Speth, George William, ed. Quatuor Coronatorum Antigrapha. Margate: H. Keble, 1889: 1, part i>.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: 262-4 (rev. ed.).
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 28-29v
First Lines:
When þu commys befor a lord
In hall in bowre or at þe bord
hoode or cappe þu of doo…
Last Lines:
…Cryst þen of is greyt grace
gyff yow boþe wytte & space
Note: 92 lines; omits lines 1-2; ends, ‘Explicit quod hyheng’ (f. 29v).
Attributed Title: Stans puer ad mensam (f. 28, top margin, by scribe)
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.