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DIMEV 459
IMEV 271.5
NIMEV 271.5
Always to say sooth thou shalt never come forth
On speaking the truth — two long couplets
Subjects: advice, moral; speech, truth-telling
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), f. 168v
Transcription:
All way to say sothe þu shalt neuer comforethe
And all way to lee þu schalt neuer y the
Sumtyme to lee and sumtyme to say sothe
Than þu schalt comforth as other men dothe
Note: Translating, ‘Semper veritate discere…’ (4 lines), which follows; both the English and the Latin repeated at bottom of page by another hand.