Primary Texts

T. A. Shippey, Poems of wisdom and learning in Old English, Cambridge : Totowa : D.S. Brewer ; Rowman & Littlefield, 1976
for: the two Maxims poems, the Fortunes of Men, Vainglory, Precepts and the OE Rune Poem.
Bruce Dickins,, Runic and heroic poems of the old Teutonic peoples, Cambridge : University Press, 1915.    (ONorwegian and Old Icelandic Rune Poems)
The Rune Poem , ed. M. Halsall, Toronto 1982.
Old Norse Hávamál, (Sayings of the High One), tr. Daisy Martin Clarke, 1923 (with facing page text).
The Poetic Edda, transl. C. Larrington (Worlds Classics, 1996).

Further Reading

J.K. Bollard: "The Cotton Maxims". Neophilologus 57 (1973): 179-87
N. Barley: "A Structural Approach to the Proverb and Maxim, with Special Reference to the Anglo-Saxon Corpus". Proverbium 20 (1972) 737-50. (This is an offprint shelved among general proverb literature in the B section of the EFL)
N. Barley: "Structure in the Cotton Gnomes." NM 78 (1977)
E.T. Hansen: The Solomon Complex (1988) Ch. 1 -good introduction to the genre; Ch. 6 on the Exeter Maxims.
R.M. Dawson: "The Structure of the Old English Gnomic Poems". JEGPhil 61 (1962) 14-22
S. Greenfield and R. Evert: "Maxims II: Gnome and Poem." in Nicholson and Frese337-54.
P.L. Henry: The Early English and Celtic Lyric (1960)
Patrizia Lendinara's and Roberta Frank's chapters in the Cambridge Companion to Old English (1991)
C. Larrington, A Store of Common Sense, (1993), chs. 4 and 5
Paul Cavill, Maxims in Old English Poetry,Woodbridge : D.S. Brewer, 1999.