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DIMEV 3009
IMEV 1829.2
NIMEV TM 874 | TP 1008.7
Know ere thou knit and then thou mayest slake
A proverbial couplet on marriage included in a list of six (6621.7)
Subjects: proverbs; marriage
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3416
Transcription:
Know or þou knyte & then þou mayst slake
Yff þou knyte or þou know than yt ys to late
Note: In a collection of six proverbial couplets: 6621.7, 5794, 2662, 1433, 835, 3009.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 174.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 139.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17030. Lydgate, John, Stans puer ad mensam, [Westminster: Printed by William Caxton, 1476?] , f. 4v
Transcription:
Knowe er thou knytte & than thou maist slake
Yf thou knyt er thou knowe than it is to late
Editions:
Duff, Edward Gordon. Fifteenth Century English Books. Bibliographical Society, London: Oxford UP, 1917: 76.