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NIMEV TM 837
It is the property of a gentleman
Proverbial statement about gentlemen’s speech — one couplet
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 837.
Subjects: gentleman, qualities of; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), f. 31r6
Transcription:
It is þe properte of A gentilman
To say the beste þat he can
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Babees Book, etc. EETS o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: 220.