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DIMEV 190
IMEV 106.5
NIMEV 106.5
A wild beast a man may tame / A womans tongue will never be lame
Proverbial couplet comparing man’s ability to tame a wild beast and his ability to tame a woman’s tongue — one couplet
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 47.
Subjects: satire; women, satire directed against; tongue, woman’s
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 99, verso & recto of lower margin of Epistle to Hebrews XI
Transcription:
All wylde beastes a man maye tame
But a woomanes tongue will never be lame
All wilde beastes a man maye Make Meeke
But a woomanes aunswer ys never to seeke
Note: Expanded version of 4 lines; in unfoliated MS; added to lower margin.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 12 E.XVI, f. 34v
Transcription:
A wyld heart a man may tame
a womanes tunge will neuer be lame
Note: Written as prose. Marginal inscription. Followed by 132.
Attributed Author: By me Thomas (f. 34v)
3.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 230 (U.3.3), f. 248
Transcription:
A weld best a man may meyke
A womanis answere is never for to seyke
Note: Included in 2728; added to end flyleaf by hand of s. xvi.
Attributed Author: Quod Rychard Wylloughbe (f. 248)