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DIMEV 1841
IMEV 1142.5
NIMEV 1142.5
He may lightly swim
A proverbial couplet
Note: cf. Heywood (1829); Tilley (1950) C 349.
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), f. 141
Transcription:
He may þe better suwe
þat ys holdde vp by þe schyn
Note: Translating ‘Ille poteste melius nature qui sustinetur per mentum’, which precedes; English portion all written on one line.
Editions:
Meech, Sanford Brown. “A Collection of Proverbs in Rawlinson MS D 328.” Modern Philology 38 (1940-41): 113-32: 119.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 402
Transcription:
He mai lightli swim
that is hold wp by þe chin
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 129.