The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Better it is small household to hold / Than to lie in prison with fetters of
The Golden Mean — one couplet
3.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699
, ff. 95r2
Better it is a pore house
then to be in prison wyth
Note: Couplet is written once on f. 95 and then again on f. 95v:
‘Better it is a pore house hald to hold / then to lye in
4.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9
, f. 79
there fore better yt ware a pouer housse to hollde
then to lye in
preason in fetteres of gollde
Note: Intended as attribution(?): ‘be the Ryght Ryght Reuerend fayther
in god mr Wyllyam skilton boner doctor of kyrkelande in [ ] affore sade dethe
all vnto the thay thay thay that Can nott nor may nott nor ȝett I thenke
shall not Leve my wyffe quyet Lye my wyfe well not Lett me’.
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds.
Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse
s.s. 19 (2002).
Furnivall, Frederick James,
ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems.
vol. 1. EETS
e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925)
73; rev. J.
Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 218.