The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6621.7
IMEV 4137
NIMEV TM 1974 | TP 2255.5
Whoso of wealth taketh none heed
A warning against the fickleness of Fortune — one couplet, followed by five related couplets
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 1974; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 2255.5; Ringler does not list this MS. Lines l-2 only occur in 3068.5 (lines 25-26) and in 4811 (lines 3-4); lines 1-4 occur in 712 (lines 23-26); lines l-2 and 9-l0 occur in Murdoch (1873), 205 and 346; lines 5-6 listed also under 2662; lines 7-8 listed also under 1433; lines 9-l0 listed also under 835, and occur in Ritchie (1921), 1.xviii; lines 11-12 listed also under 3009.
Subjects: Fortune, fickleness of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), f. 59
Who so in welth takyth non hede
Shal fynde defaute in tyme of nede
Note: Lines 1-2 only.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3411
First Lines:
Who so off welth takyth non hede
He shall fynd defawt in tyme of nede…
Last Lines:
…Know or þou knyte & then þou mayst slake
Yff þou knyte or þou know than yt ys to late
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 174.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 139.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17030. Lydgate, John, Stans puer ad mensam, [Westminster: Printed by William Caxton, 1476?] , f. 4v
Who so of welthe taketh no hede
He shal fynde faute in tyme of nede
This world is mutable thus seith sage
Ther fore gadre in tyme er thou falle in age
In welthe beware of woo what so the happis
And bere the euen for drede of after clappis
ffortune is variant ay tornyng her whele
He is wyse that is ware or he harme fele
Better is to suffre and fortune tabyde
Than hastely to clumbe and sodenly to slyde
Knowe er thou knytte & than thou maist slake
Yf thou knyt er thou knowe than it is to late