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Wille Gris Wille Gris
A saw in the Lanercost Chronicle (A.D. 1244) about a Norfolk peasant boy
Title(s): Lanercost Chronicle
Subjects: proverbs; aphorisms



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 238, f. 319va
Transcription:
Wille gris Wille gris
thenke what þu were and what þu is
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Mynors, Roger Aubrey Baskerville, ed. Catalogue of Manuscripts in Balliol College Library. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 235.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Claudius D.VII, f. 184v
Transcription:
Wille gris wylle gris
Thinche twat þou was and qwat þou es
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Stevenson, Joseph, ed. Chronicon de Lanercost. Maitland Club 46 Edinburgh, 1839; also Bannatyne Club 65 Edinburgh, 1839.: 52.
Craik, George Lillie. A Compendious History of English Literature New York: Scribner, 1869: 1.226.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. The Cambridge History of English Literature. Vol. 2 Cambridge, 1927: 2.558 (American ed.).
Wells, John Edwin. Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050-1400. New Haven, CT: Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1916: 1065.
Coulton, George Gordon. Life in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: at the UP, 1931, and New York: Macmillan, 1931: 3.22.