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Wine of nature properties hath nine
On the properties of wine — one 8-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Note: A Latin version is in Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.38 (1450) line 2 same as line 1969 of 1544. Cf. 3672.
Subjects: wine, properties of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Auct. 7.Q.2.21 (printed)
First Lines:
Wyn of Nature hath properties ix
It comfortith þe hert it clerith þe sigth…
Last Lines:
…he that is wise wil not it forsake
So the wyn be goode & mesurably take
Note: Written onto end papers. Variant: two stanzas rhyme royal.
Editions:
Mooney, Linne R. “Practical Didactic Works in Middle English.” Diss. Toronto, 1981: 447-8.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10106, f. 79
Transcription:
Wyne of natur propurtees hath nyne
Comfortith courage and clarifieth sight
Gladith the hert licour moost dyvyne
Hetith the stomake of his naturell myght
Licour of licours at festis makith men light
Clensith woondis engendrith gentil blode
Scowrith the palet so feble heedis makith wode
Note: 7 lines, rearranged; added to MS flyleaf by a late fifteenth-century hand.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.325.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 724.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, f. 16
First Lines:
Wyne of nature hathe properties nyne
comfortythe coragis clarifiethe the syght…
Last Lines:
…licor of licor at festis makyth men lyght
scowrethþe palat throwgh fyne þe color good
Attributed Author: per Johannem lidgate (f. 16)
Attributed Title: The ix properties of wyne per Johannem lidgate (as heading, f. 16); the nyne properties of wyne per Johannem lidgate (below last line, f. 1), both by scribe (John Stow)
Editions:
Steele, Robert, ed. Lydgate and Burgh’s Secrees of Old Philisoffres: A version of the ‘Secreta Secretorum’. EETS e.s. 66 (1894); repr. 1973: xxx.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 724.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2252, f. 2r3
First Lines:
Wyne of hys nature hathe propertes ix
Comfortythe Coragythe claryfyethe þe syghte…
Last Lines:
…Lycowr of licour whyche makythe men lyghte
Moderatly taken hyt dothe a man myche good
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 724.