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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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DIMEV 4896
Sith mercy now in men doth rest
Proverbial couplet on women’s passing on to men the capacity for mercy — one couplet
Subjects: precepts; women, virtues of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.A.17 [olim Bridgewater; the ‘Stafford Gower’], f. 171v
Transcription:
Since mercie nowe in men doth rest
Assaie what lyes in womans breste
Note: Added by a hand of the sixteenth century.
Editions:
Hanna, Ralph, ed. “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: A Checklist of Addenda.” Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980): 235-58: 251.