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He that casteth off the old / Before he know the new
‘Alle olde things ar not ill’ — two quatrains
Title(s): ‘Alle olde things ar not ill’
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, f. 66v
Transcription:
Hhe that casteth of the olde
Be fore he know the newe
Maye weepe in the winter
When frostes dooth inswe
All olde thinges ar not ill
Where wisemen doo weue
Som newe thinges ar scharce good
and that is trwe
Note: Added by a sixteenth-century hand to originally blank remainder of column.
Editions:
Hulme, William Henry, ed. The Harrowing of Hell and Gospel of Nicodemus. EETS e.s. 100 (1908); repr. 1976: xxv.