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NIMEV TM 219
At my beginning Christ me speed / in grace an virtue
A parent’s counsel to a son — twenty quatrains, aabb
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 219; lines 1-2, 5-32, and 79-80 occur also in 712; lines 79-80 occur also in 6621.7.
Title(s): A Father’s Counsel to his Son
Subjects: instruction, father to son; children, instructions for behaviour of; alphabetic poems
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 9-11
First Lines:
Att my begynning criste me spede
In grace and vertue to procede
Soo that I may through vertue and grace
Fenishe my matter to my purpasse…
Last Lines:
…Whoo Soo off welthe wyll take noo hede
Shall Fynde deffalte In tyme off nede
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “Liedersammlungen des xvi. Jahrhunderts…IV.” Anglia 31 (1908): 309-96: 322-5.
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 106-110.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.30, ff. 80v-81
Transcription:
At my begynnyng
In me begynde god me spede
Note: Fragments of couplet, added to margins.