The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Who hath that cunning by wisdom or prudence
The deceitfulness of friendship — one 8-line stanza
Subjects: friendship, deceitfulness of
eight-line, heroic stanza —
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.82 (SC 12900)
, f. 34
Wo hath þat Conyng by wysdam or prudence
to know whether his
frende be feynt or stable
Allas to say hit ys full lementable
Vnneth A man now may
truste his owne broþer
Note: A different (sixteeth to seventeenth-century) hand wrote ‘marke
thus well’ on the margin and copied the stanza changing the last line to:
‘Deseaytis so great men trust not ther brother’.
Robbins, Rossell Hope,
Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries.
2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 101.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds.
Middle English Lyrics.
New York: Norton, 1974: 119.