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NIMEV 1439.66
If thy poor friend
A fragmentary text of Cato’s Distichs, corresponding to I.20-II.5 of the original Latin text, consisting of the Latin of each distich, followed by the Anglo-Norman text and the Middle English — 32 six-line stanzas
Title(s): Distichs
Subjects: translations; advice
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. misc. c.291 [olim Halliday Cat.], ff. 3; 4
First Lines:
If þi pore frende
Gif þe with loueli hend…
Last Lines:
…Þat in pes wil life
Als þing askis & tyme
Editions:
Horrall, Sarah M. “An Unknown Middle English Translation of the Distichs of Cato.” Anglia 99 (1981): 25-37: 30-6.