The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5558
IMEV 3521
NIMEV 3521
There been four things causing great folly
Four things that make man a fool — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Cf. also 6798; this text and also 5559 are both founded on the Latin lines found in MSS Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), f. 196 and London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 20: Quatuor infatuant honor, etas, femina, uinum
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1b), f. 35
First Lines:
There beone foure thinges causinge gret folly
Honour first and vnwildye age…
Last Lines:
…in great honor Learne this of me
with thine estate haue humilitye
Attributed Title: Bon counsaile (f. 35)
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), p. 9
First Lines:
þer beon foure thinges causing gret folye
honnour first and vnweldy aage
Wymmen an wyne I dare eeke specefye
Make wyse men fallen in dotage…
Last Lines:
…In gret honnour lerne þis of me
With þyne estate haue humylytee
Attributed Title: Yit of þe same [i.e. ‘A seying of daun Johan’ (p. 8)] (p. 9)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.708.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, f. 132r2
First Lines:
ther bien fowr thyngs causyng gret folye
honoue fyrst and wnwyldy age…
Last Lines:
…In great honour lerne this of me
whiche thyn estate have humylytye
Note: Before heading to 5559, relating to several short entries that follow, ‘Here beginneth serten thinges of Iohn lydgat copied out of þe boke of Iohn sherley / by Iohn stowe’ (f. 132), apparently added by scribe (John Stow); ); as heading to this text, ‘yet of the same’, referring to heading to 5559, which is ‘a seyng of dan Iohn lydgat’ (f. 132)
Attributed Author: Iohn lydgat (f. 132)

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.552.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.297.