The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 594
Chastize your children while they been young
A stanza ascribed to Hendyng, but not found in this form in the Proverbs of Hendyng (see 2800 and 3383), a tag in the Fasciculus morum, and in sermons — four lines in couplets
Author(s): Hendyng (attrib.)
Subjects: advice, to parents; sermons, verse in; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 9v
First Lines:
Chastez ȝour children whil þei be yonge
of werk of dede of speche of tonge…
Last Lines:
…He wel ȝow greue whan þei ben olde
Lef child lore by houes quod hendyng
Note: Two couplets plus one line, written as prose.
Little, Andrew George. Studies in English Franciscan History. Manchester: Manchester UP; London: Longman’s, 1917: 151.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 12
Chastehtȝ oure chyldren whil þei beo yonge
of werke of dede of speche of tonge
for yf þe lete hem be to bold
hey wilu ow greue when hy ben old
Note: Written as prose; followed by prose, ‘Lef chyd lore be houeth quat hendynge’ (f. 12).
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 64
Chastehtȝ oure children wil thei be ȝonge
of werk of dede of speche of tounge
for ȝif ȝe leten hem be to bolde
hy wolu ow greue wen hi ben holde
Note: Written as prose; followed by prose saying, ‘lef child lore by honeth quod hendynge’ (f. 64).
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 19v
Chasteȝ ȝoure chyldren quyl þay ben yonge
Of [werk] of dede of speche of tonge
For if ȝe lett hem be to bold
Þay wol yow greve whe þay ben old
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 146.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 19v
Chasty ȝoure childer whils þei are ȝong
Of werk of dede of spech of tong
ffor yf ȝe lat hem be to bolde
þei wyll ȝow greue when þei ben olde
6.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 44
Chasty your childer wyll þai be ȝong
Of werke of deede of speche of tonge
ffor yf ȝe let þam be to bolde
þai wyll ȝou grefe wen þai ar olde
Note: 2 x 2, plus added line, ‘lef chylde lere be hofes gud endyng’; written as prose.
7.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 20
Chastes youre chyldren whyle thay ben younge
Of werke of dede of speche of tounge
ffor yefe ȝe leten them to be boolde
They wolen you greve when thei ben olde
Note: Additional line, ‘lefe childe lore be hoveth quod hendyng’ (f. 20).
Attributed Author: quod hendyng (f. 20)
8.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 162rb
Chasteþ ȝoure chyldryn wil þe be ȝong
for ȝyue ȝe leten ham to be to bolde
Of werke of dede of speche of tong
He wo ȝow greue wanne þey bene holde
Note: Additional line, ‘Leue chide lore be honey quod endyng’ (f. 162rb); lines out of order.
Attributed Author: quod endyng [Hendyng] (f. 162rb)
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 234, f. 164
Chasteyȝ ȝow children wyl þei be ȝownge
Off Werk of dede of speche of townge
ffor ȝif ȝe lete þem be to bolde
þei wole ȝou greueyn wan ȝe be hold
Note: In a sermon headed, ‘De primo mandato 2e tabule’ (beginning top f. 163), in section, ‘de doctrina & correccione filiorum sicut dicit sapiens’ (beginning top f. 164).
Owst, Gerald Robert. Preaching in Medieval England. Cambridge: UP, 1926; rev. ed. New York, 1961: 272, n. 4.
10.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 16v
Chasties ȝour childer whils þei be yong
of werkis of deide of spech of tong
ffor if ye suffer þeym to be bold
þei will yowe greue when þei the old
Note: Written as prose.
11.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 166ra
Chaste ȝovre childeryn wyll þay ben ȝong
of werk of dede of speche of tonge
for yf ȝe betyn [sic] him be to bold
hym wol ȝow greue wen þey ben old
lef child lere by houit
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Author: quod hendyng (f. 166ra)
Wilson, J. M. “Worcester Cathedral Library, from the Report of the Librarian, Canon J. M. Wilson.” The Library 4th ser. 2 (1921-22): 257-65: 263.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.451.
Owst, Gerald Robert. Preaching in Medieval England. Cambridge: UP, 1926; rev. ed. New York, 1961: 272.
12.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 8v