SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 6054
IMEV 3793
NIMEV 3793
Too Amorous too Adventurous ne Anger thee not too much
‘The ABC of Aristotle’ — varying number of couplets
Note: This list includes witnesses formerly listed separately as 471, and also the London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology] version which prefaces a couplet prologue; for others which prefix a Prologue see 6654. See also 6654-5
Title(s): ‘The ABC of Aristotle’
Subjects: alphabetic poems; advice, moral; aphorisms; precepts
Versification: — two-line — aa, alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lat. misc. c.66 [olim Capesthorne], f. 26
First Lines:
A To Amerus to Aunterus
and Angur þe not to oft
B To bold ne to besy
ne bourd not to brode…
Last Lines:
…V To vastyng to vengable
& vade not to depe
Note: Folio formerly misbound backwards; false start, trying to write full lines across page, cancelled in middle of third line at top of page; summary, ‘Mesurable mene way is best for vs all’ written after end, by original scribe; in right margin, by scribe, written bottom to top, ‘These byn gode prouerbis to set in þe border of þe halle’.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Poems of Humphrey Newton, Esquire, 1466-1536.” PMLA 65 (1950): 249-81: 259-60.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.196 (SC 11556), f. 110v
First Lines:
To Amerows to Auentrous and Angir the not to moche
To boold to besy and boorde not to large…
Last Lines:
…To tolyous to tale wise for temperaunce it hatith
To venomous to vengibill & waste not to moche
Note: 20 lines.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157), f. 69v
First Lines:
A To auenturous to amerous ne anger the not to moche
B To bolde ne to besy ne borde þu not to lange…
Last Lines:
…W To wylde to wrathfull and wade nat to depe
ffor a mesurable mene is best fore va all to kepe
Note: Twenty alliterating lines and concluding couplet, followed by Latin precept: ‘Tene medium si non vis perdere modum’ (f. 69v).
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 263-263v
First Lines:
Be neuer to Auenterous to Amerous no Angre þe nat to moche
To bolde ne to besy ne boorde thou nat to large…
Last Lines:
…To wylde to wrathfull & wade nat to depe
ffor a mesurable meane is best for vs all
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 86v
Editions:
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 483-6.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], f. 56v
First Lines:
Cystys crosse be oure spede
with grace mercye in all oure nede
A to amerous to aventurous a vyse vs ye answere
b to busye to bolde bowrde not to broode
c to crewelle to cacchynge care nott to soore…
Last Lines:
…X to Cryste pray we where soo wee bee
That we may lerne thys A B C
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 94
Editions:
Strutt, Joseph. The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England …. London: 1801, 1845; rev. ed. London, 1903: 31.
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 5086, f. 90v
First Lines:
To Amerous, to Aunterous, ne Angre the nat to to muche
To Bolde, ne to Besy, ne Bourde nat to Large…
Last Lines:
…To wylde, to wrathefull, and wade nat to depe
A mesurable mene way ys beste for vs alle
Note: At foot of f. 90v, below the text: ‘yitte Lerne or be Lewde’.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: rev. ed. 258-9.
9.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 509, p. 204
First Lines:
A To Auenturous to amerous ne Anger the not to moche
B To bolde ne to besy ne borde þu not to lange…
Last Lines:
…W To wylde to wrathfull and Wade not to depe
ffor a mesurable mene is best for vs all to kepe
Note: 20 alliterating lines plus concluding couplet.
10.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 61 [Sotheby’s, 10 November 1952, olim Lawrence Witten]