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DIMEV 2727
It is folly a man a thing to begin
Proverbial couplet about the folly of attempting what one has not intelligence to do — one couplet
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 230 (U.3.3), f. 247
Transcription:
Yt ys ffolly a man a thyng to begyn
Wyche to perform his wittes be butt theyn
Note: One of a series of proverbial couplets, added to end flyleaf by hand of the sixteenth century.
Attributed Author: Quod Wyllughby (f. 247)