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DIMEV 180
A very friend at need
A rhyming proverb that serves as the opening of a letter from William Worcester to an unknown member of Sir John Fastolf’s household, Paston Letters and Papers 604; Worcester cites Aristotle’s Ethics and Cicero’s de Amicitia — one couplet
Subjects: friendship; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27444, f. 71
Transcription:
A very frende at nede
experience will schewe be deede
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Author: William Worcester
Editions:
Davis, Norman, ed. Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century. EETS s.s. 20 and 21 (2004): 2.203.