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IMEV 1223.5
NIMEV 1223.5
Hold thy thumb in thy fist
A proverbial couplet, translating Sit pollex pugno si sciuissem fugiendo
Subjects: proverbs; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 26
Transcription:
Holde þy thombe in thi fyst
And kepe þe welle fro had I wyst
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 53.
2.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 16v
Transcription:
Holde thy thombe in þy fyste
And kepe þe well fro hady wyste
Note: Latin follows.
Editions:
Pantin, William A. “A Medieval Collection of Latin and English Proverbs…from Rylands Latin MS. 394.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 14 (1930): 81-114: 103.