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DIMEV 1100
IMEV 672.3
NIMEV 672.3
Dear is the honey bought
A proverbial couplet
Note: Cf. Hendyng, stanza 29 (3383); Tilley (1950) H554.
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 13
Transcription:
Dere is þat hony bout
þat on þe þorn is I souȝt
Note: Written as one line; trans. ‘Mel male mercatur de spinis si capiatur’, which follows.
Editions:
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.