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XX.: PROVERBS. - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, vol. 1 (Romaunt of the Rose, Minor Poems) 
The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, edited from numerous manuscripts by the Rev. Walter W. Skeat (2nd ed.) (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1899). 7 vols.
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The MSS. are: F. (Fairfax 16); Ha. (Harl. 7578); Ad. (Addit. 16165). I follow F. mainly.Title;in F. Ha.; Ad. Prouerbe.
[1. ]Ad. þees; F. Ha. these. All needlessly insert thus after clothes. F. manyfolde.
[2. ]F. Loo; hoote.
[3. ]F. grete hete; Ha. greet hete; Ad. heet. F. colde.
[4. ]Ha. pilche; F. pilch.
[5. ]F. all; worlde. Ad. wyde; F. Ha. large. Ad. Ha. compas; F. compace.
[6. ]Ad. Hit; F. Yt. Ad. wol; F. Ha. wil. Ad. myn; F. Ha. my.
[7. ]F. Whoo-so.
[7.]At the head of a Ballad by Deschamps, ed. Tarbé, i. 132, is the French proverb—‘Qui trop embrasse, mal étreint.’ Cotgrave, s. v. embrasser, has: ‘Trop embrasser, et peu estraigner, to meddle with more business then he can wield; to have too many irons in the fire; to lose all by coveting all.’
[7.]Embrace must be read as embrac’, for the rime. Similarly, Chaucer puts gras for grac-e in Sir Thopas (Group B, l. 2021).