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DIMEV 2656
In trifling tales by poets told
Moral lines against fictitious tales — 6 lines
Author(s): Roger North
Subjects: tales
Versification: — six-line — ababcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], f. v [back]r2
Transcription:
In triflieng tales by poets told
whoe spends their time and beats their braine
and leves good bookes þat vertews hold
doth spare the strawe and spoile the graine
svtch folke build vpp their howses in the sand
and leves godds trewth by which we owght to stand
Note: Added by a hand of the sixteenth century; signed, ‘RN’ (Roger Lord North).