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Lief in thy rock ne is no thief
A couplet in Nicolas Bozon’s Contes moraliseés — On a spinner, in a sermon by Nicholas Bozon
Note: There are other English tags in Bozon’s sermons in this and other MSS, e.g. London, British Library Harley 1288; printed in Smith (1889), 12, 20, 44, 145, 151.
Author(s): Nicholas Bozon
Title(s): Contes moraliseés
Subjects: sermons, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Gray’s Inn 12, f. 38
Transcription:
Leve in þi rokke ne is no thef
take oþer mannez wulle is hire to lef
Note: Written as prose, lines 6-5 from the bottom. The phrase ‘Leue in þi rokke’ also appears 9 lines from the bottom.
Editions:
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. Les contes moralisés de Nicole Bozon. Societe des anciens textes francais 50. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1889: 117.
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 59.
Ross, Alan S. C. “English in Nicole Bozon’s Contes Moralisés.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 50 (1949): 200-20: 208.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. “More Lost Literature II.” Leeds Studies in English 6 (1937): 30-49: 45.