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NIMEV TM 286
Busy in study be thou child
Advice on good behaviour — two short couplets
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 286; translating ‘Sidulus in studio puer in templo pius esto…’, which follows.
Subjects: advice, moral; proverbs; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4196
Transcription:
Besy in stody be þou child
& in þe hall meke & mylde
& at þe table mery & glade
& at bedde softe & sadde
Note: In a collection of 55 proverbs in English and Latin.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 202.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 130.