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NIMEV TM 537
He that hath a good neighbor hath a good morrow
Gnomic verses — four monorhyming lines
Note: See Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 537.
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — monorhyme — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, f. 170v
Transcription:
He that hath a good ffrend hath a good morowe
He that hath a Schrewyd wyfe hath much sorowe
He that fast spendith must nede borowe
But whan he schal pay aȝen than ys al the sorowe
Note: Four lines monorhyming, added to flyleaf by a hand of the fifteenth-sixteenth century; with ‘neyghborugh’ written above ‘ffrend’ in the first line by original scribe.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.316.
Hazlitt, William Carew, ed. English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases, collected from the most authentic sources alphabetically arranged and annotated. London: Reeves and Turner, 1882: 188.
Northall, G. F. English Folk-rhymes: A Collection of Traditional Verses Relating to Places and Persons, Customs, Superstitions, etc. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1892: 556.
Whiting, Bartlett Jere. Proverbs, Sentences, and Proverbial Phrases from English Writings Mainly before 1500. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1968: N77.