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In the beginning of this deed
A collection of 136 proverbs, written first in Latin and then translated — 973 lines, in stanzas of 4-8 lines per proverb
Note: With a 32-line introduction.
Subjects: proverbs; introductions
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Windsor, St George’s Chapel, Windsor E.I.I, f. 21
Editions:
Horrall, Sarah M. “Latin and Middle English Proverbs in a Manuscript at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.” Mediaeval Studies 45 (1983): 343-84: 343.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. misc. c.291 [olim Halliday Cat.], ff. 8-9v
First Lines:
If þi pore frende
gif þe with loueli hend …
Last Lines:
…þat in pes will lif
als þing askis & tyme
Note: 32 stanzas, a fragment.