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Wisdom is more of price than gold in coffers
John Lydgate, Isopes Fabules — seven fables, in rhyme royal
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Isopes Fabules
Subjects: fables; translations; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 24v
Note: Four stanzas of Fable VII.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. “Zu Lydgates Isopus.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 85 (1890): 1-28: 24-5.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 12ra-16; 235-237
First Lines:
Wisdom ys more in prise þen gold in cofers
To hem þat haue sauour in lectrure
Olde examples of prudent philolophers
Moche auaylyd to folke þat dyd her cure…
Last Lines:
…lyke as the hownd not content withe one chese
desyryd tweyne bothe he dyd lese
Note: Six fables only: four on ff. 12ra-16; two added by Stow on ff. 235-237.
Attributed Author: John Lydgat (f. 235); Isopus þe Philosopher (f. 12ra, 14va, 15vb)
Attributed Title: The Tale of the Cok that founde a precyous syone groundyd by Isopus the Phylosopher of Rome that yche man shuld take in gree suche as god sent (f. 12ra); The tale of the ffrogge and þe mowse foundyd by Isopus þe Philosophor groundyd ayenst deceyte (f. 14va); The tale of þe Hownde and the Shepe groundyd ayen periurs & false wytnes founde by Isopus (f. 15vb); Thys ffable is of þe hound that bare the chese gronddyd on Isopus a gaynst covetousnes & translatyd by John Lydgat [with added ‘made in Oxforde’] (f. 235)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. “Zu Lydgates Isopus.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 85 (1890): 1-28: 6-24.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 257-270v
First Lines:
Wysdom is more of pris than gold in cofres
To theym that have savour in letture…
Last Lines:
…Like as the hownd nat content with oo chese
But desired tweyne and both he dide leese
Note: Four stanzas of Fable VII.
Attributed Title: Isopes ffabules (f. 257, margin)
Editions:
Sauerstein, Paul. Lydgate’s Æsopübersetzung. Halle: Ehrhardt Karras, 1885: 41-64.
Sauerstein, Paul. “Lydgate’s Æsopübersetzung.” Anglia 9 (1886): 1-24: 1-24.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 566 (959 lines, composite text).