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IMEV 33.9
NIMEV TM 9
A fasting belly
A proverbial saying about hunger — one couplet
Note: Cf. Tilley (1950) B. 303; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 9.
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4197
Transcription:
A fastyng bely
may neuer be mery
Note: In a collection of 55 proverbs in Latin and English; translating ‘Ieiunus venter nescit gaudire libenter…’, which follows.
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: 202.
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: 131.