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Whoso would him well advise
’Treuþe is best’ — fourteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Subjects: truth; precepts; tongue, destructive power of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 409vc-410ra
First Lines:
WOse wolde him wel a vyse
Of þis wrecched world I weene…
Last Lines:
…We schul him hunte as Cat doþ mys
Whon trouþe hym cleues þat euer is best
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 699-701.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 168-70.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 131rc-131va
First Lines:
HOse wolde hym wel a vise
Of þis wrecched world I wene…
Last Lines:
…We schul hym hunte as a cat doþ amys
When trouþe hym se cleues þat euer is best
Attributed Title: Explicit A song trouþe is best (f. 131va)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 699-701.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 168-70.