The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4800
IMEV 3083
NIMEV 3083
See much say little and learn to suffer in time
Proverbs ascribed to R. Stokys (by MacCracken to Lydgate) — five stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Cf. Brown (1939), 131-3.
Author(s): R. Stokys (attrib.); John Lydgate (?)
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Dyce 34 (Dyce’s transcript of STC 17026)

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 203, pp. 23-24
First Lines:
Se meche sey lytyll and lerne to suffre in tyme
Enprinte these thre in thy remembrance…
Last Lines:
…Where fore thy selfe and thou wylte kepe fro crim[ edge]
Se meche say lytill and lerne to suffre in tyme
Note: Three stanzas.
Attributed Title: Prouerbium R Stokys (p. 23)
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 130-130v
First Lines:
See myche say lytell & lerne to soffar in tyme
emprynte thes thre in thy remembraunce…
Last Lines:
…wherfore thy self and thow wolt kepe fro cryme
se myche sa lytell and lerne to suffar in tyme
Note: Ends ‘Explicit lidgat’ (f. 130v) all by scribe (John Stow).
Attributed Author: lidgat (f. 130v)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.800-1.
3.Source: London, British Library Royal 2 D.XXXVII, f. 153
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 279-80.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, f. 61v
First Lines:
Se myche say lytell and lerne to suffyr in tyme
Enprint these iii wyll in thi remembraunce…
Last Lines:
…Wherfore wyse caton saythe to olde and yonge
The fyrst cheyf vertue is to kekepe owre tonge
Note: Stanza 1 only, immediately follows first stanza of 1108 as if part of same work, and immediately followed by 4811 as if same work.
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.