The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6798
IMEV 4230
NIMEV 4230
Worship women wine and unwieldy age
Four things that make a man fall from Reason, perhaps by Lydgate — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: For closely related texts see 5558 and 5559; same as stanza 2 of 4006; this poem does not occur in London, British Library Addit. 16165 or in London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], pace MacCracken (1934), xvii.
Author(s): John Lydgate (?)
Subjects: women, against; advice, moral; old age; wine
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts:   ; London, British Library Addit. 16165 ; London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053]

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 72
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), f. 195
Wurship wommen wyne vnweldy age
Maken men to foune for lakke of ther resoun
Elde causeth dulnesse and dotage
Worship causeth chaunge of condicioun
Excesse of wyne blyndeth discrecioun
And bookes alle that Poetes wroot and radde
Seyn women moste maken men to madde
Attributed Title: Quatuor infatuant honor etas femina vinum (f. 195)
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 709.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 205v
First Lines:
Wyne women worshyp vnweldy age
Make men to foune for lak of theyre resons…
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Skeat, Walter William. The Chaucer Canon. Oxford: Clarendon, 1900: 24.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, f. 125
Worship women wyne and vnweldy age
Make men foune for lak of thir resons
Elde causith dulnesse and dotage
Worship causeth chaunge of condicions
Excesse of wyne blyndeth discrecions
And bokes that poetys wrote and radde
Seyn that women most make men madde
Attributed Title: Four thyngys that make a man to falle (f. 125)
Förster, Max. “Kleine Mitteilungen zur mittelenglische Lehrdichtung, VI.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 104 (1900): 293-309: 301 (MS cited incorrectly as BL Harley 4733).
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 150v
First Lines:
Worship wymmen wyne and vnweldy age
Make men fonde for lak in theyr Reason…
Last Lines:
…And bookes that poetis wrote and Radde
Say women most make men to be madde
Attributed Author: Note wele this / ffoure thynges ther ben that make / a man to falle from Reasoun / Quatuor infatuam honor / Etas femina & vinum / Ye wilbe shent Dane Iohn / Lydegate for your triew seyeng (f. 150v, margin)
Brusendorff, Aage. The Chaucer Tradition. Copenhagen, 1925; repr. Oxford: Clarendon, 1967: 465.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 20r2
Worshipe women wine unwisely age
Maketh men to fonne for lake of theire reson
Elde causeth dulnesse and dotage
Worshipe causeth chaunge of conditiouns
Excesse of wine blyndeth discrecion
And bookes alle that poeetes wrote & radde
Seyne wimmen most maken men to maade
Attributed Title: Quatuor infatuant honor etas femma vinum (f. 20)
7.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, f. 175
First Lines:
Worship wemen wyne & vnweldy age
makithe men to fon for lak in þar resons…
Last Lines:
…And bookes that poyettes wrot and radd
saythe women makithe men foll oftte to be made
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
8.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M775, f. 320
Bühler, Curt F., ed. The Dicts and Sayings of the Philosophers. EETS o.s. 211 (1941); repr. 1991: 368.
9.Source: Copenhagen, Royal Library, Copenhagen Thott 110 4o (29264), f. 164
Attributed Title: Quattuor infatuant hominem; honor Etas Femina et vinum
10.Source: Rome, English College AVCAU MS 1405, f. 75