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Old men sayen in words few
Proverbial sayings on absence — three couplets
Subjects: proverbs; love, vicissitudes of; women, fickleness of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1825, f. 1v1
Transcription:
Old men saien in wordis few
That long absence ys it sherew
That somtyme was lef hit makith loth
Trustith absence for noon oth
y shal you say and wel y can
the tide of loue abidith noman
Note: Added to a flyleaf by a fifteenth-century hand. Title or motto to right by same hand: ‘An iour la vie’; precedes 6869 on same leaf.