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DIMEV 132
IMEV 81.5
NIMEV 81.5
A nice wife A back door / Maketh often times a rich man poor
On erring wives — one couplet
Note: Tilley (1950), W 370; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 33.
Subjects: wives, erring; women, erring
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2252, f. 3r2
Transcription:
for a nyse wyfe & a backe dore
Maketh oftyn tymes a ryche man pore
Note: Part of ‘A Father’s Counsel to his Son’ (712-1).
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 12 E.XVI, f. 34v
Transcription:
A wanton wife and a bak dore
wil make a rech man to be poor
Note: Written as prose. Marginal inscription. Preceded by 190.
Attributed Author: By me Thomas (f. 34v)
3.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 B.XXII, f. 44v
Editions:
Nichols, John Gough, ed. The Boke of Noblesse; Addressed to King Edward the Fourth on his Invasion of France in 1475. Roxburghe Club [77]. London: Nichols, 1860; repr. NY: Franklin, 1972: lvi.
Warner, Sir George Frederic, and Julius P. Gilson, eds. Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the old Royal and King’s Collections. 4 vols. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1921: 2.295.