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At our beginning god be our speed / In grace
A Father’s Counsel to his Son — eighty-five lines in couplets
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 221; see Mustanoja (1948), 127-8; Lines 1-2, 23-4, and 56-83 occur also in 708; lines 23-6 also in 6621.7; lines 5-6 also stand at the end of 6341 in the Oxford, Balliol College 354 text, and separately in London, British Library Sloane 747, f. 58v — see 118; with another couplet in 1369; with lines 17 seqq. cf. 779.
Title(s): A Father’s Counsel to his Son
Subjects: instructions, father to son; children, instructions for behaviour of; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2252, f. 3r1
First Lines:
At owr begynnyng god be owr spede
In grace & vertue to prosede…
Last Lines:
…Invre þe with them þat byn wyse
Then to Ryches thow shalt aryse
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Queene Elizabethes Achademy, etc. EETS e.s. 8 (1869); repr. 1973: 68-70.
2.Source: Windsor, St George’s Chapel, Windsor E.I.I, f. 95v
Note: Fragment, variant; or Louis (1992), 2966 calls this a different poem.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. “The Manuscripts of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.” The Library 4th ser. 13 (1933): 55-76: 74.