The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Dear is the honey bought
A proverbial couplet
1.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394
, f. 13
Dere is þat hony bout
þat on þe þorn is I
Note: Written as one line; trans. ‘Mel male mercatur de spinis si
capiatur’, which follows.
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: 100.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds.
The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 560.