The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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’.
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
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
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’.
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]