The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6751
IMEV 4202
NIMEV 4202
With this beetle be he smitten
An English quatrain in a Latin story of the foolish father who gave away his goods, sometimes found in Bromyard’s sermons
Note: See Gomme (1890), 199, 204.
Subjects: sermons, verse in; translations; illustrations, verse accompanying
Versification: — four-line — aabb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.9.38 (1450), f. 47
With thys bytel be he smete
þat all þe worle mote hyt wete
þat yevyt hys goode to hys kynne
& goth hym selfe a beggynd
Note: Written as 2 lines.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 35.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 7 E.IV, f. 45v
Wright, Thomas. A selection of Latin stories. Percy Society 8. London: Richard, 1842: 28.
3.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 E.XVII, f. 83v
Wright, Thomas. A selection of Latin stories. Percy Society 8. London: Richard, 1842: 221.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.362.
4.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 B.XXIII, f. 81v2
with þis betull be he smytte
þat all þe world well it will
þat ȝeweþ þe vnkeend all is þinge
and goyþ hym selfe on beggynge
Note: Written as prose. In a sermon for Septuagesima.
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: 35.
Ross, W. O., ed. Middle English Sermons from British Museum MS. Royal 18 B. xxiii. EETS o.s. 209 (1940); repr. 1987: 90.
D’Evelyn, Charlotte. Peter Idley’s Instructions to His Son. Boston: Modern Language Association of America; and London: Oxford UP, 1935: 226.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35287, f. 104v
With this mace be he smete
That al the worlde may it wete
That geuyth a way his owne thynges
And goth hymselff a beggyng
Note: Separate from Latin story; added to final leaf of MS by hand of the fifteenth century with a crude illustration of the mace.
6.Source: Eton, Eton College 34, f. 192
Wyth thys betyll be he smete
As I wyll þat all þe werld it wete
That to the vnkynde ȝeue all thynge
And goth hymselfe on beggyng
Lucas, Peter J. “Another Text of ‘With this beetle be he smit.’” Notes and Queries n.s. 26 [224] (1979): 396-7: 397 (including composite text and variants).
7.Source: Leicester, Leicestershire Record Office BR II/3/3 [formerly Old Town Hall MS], f. 1
With a Centyll be he beton
that all hys goddȝ to gyn chyldere leyton
And gyffeȝ a wey hys thyng
& goys hym selff abeggyng
Note: With 2495 added to blank folio at front.
8.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 18v
With a betull be he smeton
Þat alle þe world may it weten
Þat ȝeues his childe alle his þynge
and gooth hym selfe abegynge
Note: Two lines, in a series of Latin & English proverbs; followed by its Latin equivalent, ‘Prioli qui sua dat vt victum querere purgat / Malleus hunc feriat quilibet vt videat.’
Pantin, William A. “A Medieval Collection of Latin and English Proverbs…from Rylands Latin MS. 394.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 14 (1930): 81-114: 105.
9.Source: Dublin, Representative Church Body Library, Dublin Black Book of Christ Church, f. 1