The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
He is wise that can be ware ere him be woe
On the Wise Man — a single monorhyming quatrain
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 116
, f. 170v
He ys wyse that can be ware er he be wo
He ys wyse that can do well
and say also
He ys wyse that can ber yeue betwene frend and foo
wyse that hath inoghth and can say hoo
He ys wyse that [hath] on wyffe and
wol no moo
Note: Five lines monorhyming (aaaaa); added to flyleaf by a hand of the
Greene, Richard Leighton.
The Early English Carols.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon,
1977: 420; 1977, 437.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2316
, f. 26
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds.
2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.120.
Bad Key: Patterson1916: 450.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21
, f. 151v
He is wis þat can ben war or he is wo
He is wis þat louet is
frend & is fo
He is wis þat hat inou & þanne seit
He is wis þat dotȝ ay wel an seit ay so
Note: In John Grimestone’s sermon notebook.
Attributed Title: De Sapientia (f. 151va)
A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s
Medium Ævum Monographs
n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 61.
4.Source: Hereford, Hereford Cathedral Library O.4.14
, inside front cover
Hee is wys ȝat is war her hym be wo
Hee is wys þat con say
wel & deth al so
Hee is wys þat haþ ynowȝþ & kon
Note: 3 monorhyming lines.
5.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 158
, f. 48v
He is wyse þat can be war or hym be wo
he is wyse þat can
say wele and do also
he is wyse þat hac eight and can par hoo
he is wyse þat thankes is god in wele & woo
Note: Added to right margin.