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IMEV 675.5
NIMEV 675.5
Deem the best in every doubt / Til the truth be tried out
A moralizing couplet
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 344; for a copy formerly listed under this entry, see 1111.
Subjects: advice, moral; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), f. 31r5
Transcription:
Deame þe best in euery dowte
Tyl þe trouthe be tryed oute
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, f. 240
Transcription:
Deme the beste of euery dowte
Tyll the trowth be tryed ooute
A harde thynge hit is y wys
To deme a thynge that vnknowen is
Aqueyntanse of lordschip wyll y noght
ffor furste or laste dere hit woll be bowght
Note: Immediately preceded (without break) by 6594.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.205.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, f. 79v
Note: With music by J ffluyd [or Lloyd].
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 413.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 57.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 1587, f. 212
Note: Copied many times as pen trial; translating ‘In dubiis servi…’.



Inscriptions:
1.Source: London, British Museum item BM MLA 96, 7-27, 1 (Bronze ewer, temp. Richard II), verses inscribed around neck of ewer
Transcription:
Deme the best in every dowt
Til the trowthe be tryid owte
Note: Late fourteenth-century bronze jug, thought to have belonged to Richard II; purchased from Major C. Barter (1857-1931); verses accompanied by 1911.
Editions:
Evans, Joan. English Art, 1307-1461. Oxford History of Art 5. Oxford: Clarendon, 1949: 90.
Alexander, Jonathan, and Paul Binski, eds. The Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England, 1200-1400. London: Royal Academy of Arts in assoc. with Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987: 524, no. 726.