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DIMEV 899
NIMEV 552.77
Busily give thee to lore
Proverbial advice on the value of study — two couplets translating ‘Viue vacans studio, quasi numquam sis moriturus…’ which precedes it in both instances in John Grimestone’s sermon notes
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: proverbs; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 98
Transcription:
Bisiliche ȝef þe to lore
Als þu suldest liuen eueremore
But fle senne in ich a play
As to morwen sulde ben þi ded day
Attributed Title: De Ocupacione (f. 98)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 30.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 154va
Transcription:
Bisiliche ȝef þe to lore
Als þu suldest liuen eueremore
But fle senne in ich a play
As to morwe sulde ben þi dedday
Attributed Title: De Tempore (f. 154)