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At Salford [Sifford] sat theigns many / many Bishops
The Proverbs of Alfred — in alliterative unrhymed verse
Note: For four lines occurring separately see 3405.
Author(s): Alfred the Great, king
Title(s): Proverbs
Subjects: precepts
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba A.XIX
Editions:
Allen, Robert. An Alphabet of the Holy Proverbs of King Solomon (STC 362). London: R. Robinson for R. Dexter, 1596.
Spelman, Sir John. Aelfredi Magni Vita…. Oxford: Theatro Sheldoniano, 1678; further ed. 1709: (a Latin tr.of (i) and of Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 75 (SC 3696)).
Ker, Neil Ripley. “MS Cotton Galbe A.XIX: The Proverbs of Alfred.” Medium Ævum 5 (1936): 115-20: 117-20.
Hickes, George. Linguarum Veterum Septentrionalium Thesaurus Grammatico-Criticus et Archaeologicus. Oxford, 1705: 3.231 (30 lines from (i) and Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 75 (SC 3696), from a transcript, now lost, by Wanley, 1705).
Borgström, Edvard. The Proverbs of Alfred. Lund: H. Ohlsson, 1908: (repr. from Hickes, with Oxford, Bodleian Library James 6 (SC 3843), [2], and [3]).
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. “The Maidstone Text of the Proverbs of Alfred.” Modern Language Review 21 (1926): 249-60: 256-7, 252-5 (from Oxford, Bodleian Library James 6 (SC 3843)).
South, Helen Pennock. The Proverbs of Alfred New York: NYU Press, 1931: (from Oxford, Bodleian Library James 6 (SC 3843)).
2.Source: Oxford, Jesus College 29, Part II, ff. 189-192
First Lines:
At Seuorde sete þeynes monye fele Biscopes and feole bok ilered
Eorles prute knyhtes egleche þar wes þe eorl Alurich…
Last Lines:
…Þe mon þe spareþ yeorde and yonge child and let hit arixlye
Þat he hit areche ne may þat him schal on ealde sore reowe
Attributed Title: Incipiunt documenta Regis Alurede (f. 189); Expliciunt dicta Regis Aluredi (f. 192)
Editions:
Borgström, Edvard. The Proverbs of Alfred. Lund: H. Ohlsson, 1908.
Skeat, Walter William. The Proverbs of Alfred. Oxford: Clarendon, 1907.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.170-88.
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 103-38.
Hall, Joseph. Selections from Early Middle English, 1130-1250. 2 parts. Oxford: Clarendon, 1920, 1951: 1.18-28.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 10-11.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), ff. 85-87v
First Lines:
At siforde setin kinhis monie
fele biscopis & fele booc lerede…
Last Lines:
…þuru þis lore & genteleri
he amendit huge companie
Note: Þus quad alfred (between stanzas).
Editions:
Borgström, Edvard. The Proverbs of Alfred. Lund: H. Ohlsson, 1908.
Skeat, Walter William. The Proverbs of Alfred. Oxford: Clarendon, 1907.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.170-88.
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 103-38.
Kemble, John Mitchell. The Dialogue of Salomon and Saturnus. London: Aelfric Society, 1848: 226-48.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 127-32; (comp.) .
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 145-55.
4.Source: Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Museum MS A.13, f. 93
Note: Begins at line 72 of the text in Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323).
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. “The Maidstone Text of the Proverbs of Alfred.” Modern Language Review 21 (1926): 249-60: 256-7, 252-5.
Arngart, Olof Sigrid. The Proverbs of Alfred: an emended text. Lund: Liber Laromedel/Gleerup, 1955: critical text.