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DIMEV 2333
IMEV 1400
NIMEV 1400
I would lend but I ne dare
Verses on the Incommodities of Lending — four couplets
Note: See also 2165.
Subjects: money
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526), f. 55
First Lines:
I wold lene but I ne thar
I haue be disseuyd I wyll bewar…
Last Lines:
…So off my frend I made my fo
Ther for I will no more do so
Note: Lines 1-6.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. “The Prouerbis of Wysdom.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 90 (1893): 241-68: 147-8.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 116, f. 170v
Note: Lines 5-6, preceded by 2165.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.316.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 941, f. 23v
Editions:
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 39.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.259.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2321, f. 147
Note: Lines 3-4 only.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.208.
5.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 C.XII, f. 1v4
Transcription:
I wyll lene but I no dar y was be gylede y wyll be war
When I lend I was a ffrynde when asked I was vn kynde
Note: Two verse lines per manuscript line.