The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
I had my silver and my friend
A warning against lending money — four monorhyming lines
For a later version expanded into long lines cf. Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 172 ,
; Oxford, Bodleian Library Gough Norfolk 43, f.31v
; Arundel Castle, Duke of Norfolk MS Arundel-Harrington,
f.16, pr. Hughey (1935)
, 1.79. For a longer and later text cf. Rimbault (1851)
, 42; Hawkins (1776)
, 3.38; Hughey (1935)
, 2.3-4; cf. also 2333
Subjects: money; precepts
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 23 (SC 655)
, f. 114v
I had my syluer And my frend
I lent my syluer To my frend
my syluer Of my frend
I lost my syluer And my frend
Brown, Carleton Fairchild.
A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse.
2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical
Society: 1916-20: 1.1.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444)
, f. 168
When y lent y ad a frynde
and when y aschede he was own
þus off my frynde y made my fow
and therfor y woll lene no
Note: Translating, ‘Quando prestaui amicum…’, which
3.Source: Oxford, Magdalen College Estate Papers 73/8
, roll, dorse
I had my catel and my frend
I lente my catel to my frend
my catel of my frend
I loste my catel and my friend
Robbins, Rossell Hope,
Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries.
2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: no. 87.
O’Donoghue, Berna, and Christopher Woolgar.
“Three Early Fifteenth-Century Poems at Magdalen College,
Notes and Queries
n.s. 27  (1980): 497-500: 498.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 24542
, f. 185v
I once had money and a friend and did them both foreserue
I lend my
money to my friend his needful ease to serue
I askt my money of my friend no
though the case was strange
I lost my money and my friend and found a foe in
Note: Nineteenth-century transcript.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049
, f. 86v
Note: 3 lines.
Doty, Brant Lee,
“An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious
Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 482.
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 116
, f. 170v
I had my good And my frend
I lent my good To my frend
I askyd my
good Of my frend
I lost my good And my frend
I made of my frend my
I will be war I do no more soo
4 lines, monorhyming, set out with first few words of each line in one
column with a common ‘good’ to right, then next few words in a
second column with a common ‘ffrend’ to right. Followed by lines 5-6
; added to flyleaf by a
hand of the fifteenth to sixteenth century.
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 4800
, f. 54
Cumming, William Patterson,
The Revelations of St. Birgitta, from Garrett MS. Princeton
o.s. 178 (1929); repr. 1987: xviii.
10.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.5
, f. 162vb
I had my mony ande my frend
as many a man hathe in londe
I lent my
mony to my frend
as dothe bothe fre and bonde
Note: Variant; two more copies, f. 163ra; all added to original
blank flyleaf at end.
11.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 409 (V.3.7)
, f. 27
I had my frynde and my sylver
I lent my frynde To my sylver
Asked my frynde Of my sylver
I loste my frynde And my sylver
Note: Six lines, written as a missing-word puzzle, with ‘frynde’
and ‘sylver’ filled in once each to serve all four lines, in reverse
positions; added by a later hand to lower margin.