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Him were better that he ne were ne never born / For life and soul be his forlorn
Illustrative couplet to conclude a specimen exemplum in a ‘Liber Exemplorum ad usum praedicantium’ — one couplet introduced by ‘Anglice dicitur
Note: Cf. 6216.
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Durham, Durham Cathedral Library B.IV.19, f. 50
Transcription:
hym were bettre þat he he were ne neuer boren
for liif and soule he his for loren
Editions:
Little, Andrew George. Collectanea Franciscana. 2 vols. British Society of Franciscan Studies Vols 5 (1914) and 10 (1922) Manchester: University Press, 1914, 1922: 1.45.
Pfander, Homer Garrison. “The Popular Sermon of the Medieval Friar in England.” Diss. New York University, 1937: 47.