The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6588
IMEV 4113
NIMEV 4113
Who will further him stretch
Hom dit a re prouver en Engleys’, an English proverb — one long irregular couplet in Le dite de hosebondrie by Walter de Henley
Note: Cf. 4291; for a variant occurring separately cf. 1907.
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, College of Arms, Arundel 14: not found in this copy.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 98 (SC 21672), f. 188
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.471 (SC 15516), f. 16v
3.Source: Oxford, Merton College 321, f. 153v
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.7.6, Part II, f. 8vb
Wose strecches his fot forther than his clothes wylen rechen
In the strau his feet he mot strecchen
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.7.14, f. 228vb
Ho se strecheȝ forther þan his whitel recheȝ
In þe strau his fet he mot streche
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.9.38, f. 252va
Who þrosteȝ forþer þen his whitel Wolle reche
In þe strau his feet hee mot streche
Note: Written as prose.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.1, f. 251ra
Wo þat strechet forþerre þan his wytel wyle reche
In þe straue his fet he mot streche
Lamond, Elizabeth, ed. Walter of Henley’s Husbandry. London, New York: Longmans, Green, 1890: 4.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. How the Good Wife Taught her Daughter, etc. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Scuran, 1948: 75.
Mustanoja, Tauno F. “The Index of Middle English Verse: Corrections, Additions, Deletions.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 49 (1948): 126-33: 132.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.3.11, f. 77v
wo þat wole forthere hym stretche
þan hys wytel walle retche
In þe strau hys fot heȝ mot stretche
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 301, f. 69
Wo þe strekth vorther þane his hwitel wole areche
he ssall ligge in þe strawe
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.26 (1438), f. 99
Huo þat hym wole furthere strecche
þen hiis witel him reche
in the chaf his fet he mot streche
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 6159, f. 222r1
Hwo þat wile forpere him stretche
þen his whitel wole retche
in þe chaf he mot him stretche
Attributed Author: Sire Walter de Henley (f. 222)
Attributed Title: Le dite de hosebounderie (f. 222)
12.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 1176, f. 132
13.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 92
14.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 468 (formerly D.XI.1)
15.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Register J, p. 2001
hwo þat wille forþere strecche
þan his whitel wole reche
ine þe chaf he mot him strecche
Note: Written as prose.
Historical Manuscripts Commission Ninth Report: Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Most Hon. The Marquis of Salisbury, K. G., etc., preserved at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. 24 vols. (1883-84, with addenda to 1976): App., 75.
16.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Register P, f. 139
And yitt him wole furthere streche
þan his witel him wole [?reche]
þe chaf his fet he mot streche
17.Source: London, Corporation of London Records Office [formerly Guildhall] Liber Horn
Note: A nineteenth-century transcript by H. T. Riley is Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 4026, f. 45.
18.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Acland Hood, St. Audries, Somerset
Note: Hamer (1995) lists as Unidentified, Missing or Destroyed.
19.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 7011, f. 57v

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 25007. Henley, Walter de, Boke of husbandry, [London: W. de Worde, 1508?]
2.Source: STC 25007.3. Henley, Walter de, The booke of thrift, containing a perfite order, and right methode to profite lands, and other things belonging to husbandry. Newly Englished, and set out by I.B. gentleman of Caen in France, London: Printed by Iohn Wolfe., 1589