SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 495
IMEV 294
NIMEV TM 150
An old sad saw unknown uncast
Cast not away thine Old for New — four 5-line stanzas (aaabb) including refrain, ‘…elles most we drynk as we brew’, and burden (aa): ‘An old sawe hath be fownd trewe…’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 150.
Subjects: advice, moral; carols, of moral counsel
Versification: — five-line, two-line — aaabb, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4832
First Lines:
An old said sawe On knowen on kyste
Wher is lytill love þer is lytill tryste…
Last Lines:
…& if þou do so thow shalt not rewe
& ellis must þou drynk as þou doste brewe
Explicit
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: 266-7.
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: 47.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 235; 1977, 209.
2.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 212, f. 89v
First Lines:
an wollde seyd saw had byn funde ful tru
caste not awey þy wollde for þy new…
Last Lines:
…the tyme woll cum þat þe muste be releuyd
geue truste to hym þat þu haste yprevyd
Note: Variant version; three couplets, written one couplet per line of MS.
Editions:
Scattergood, V. John. “Proverbial Verses in Trinity College, Dublin MS 212.” Notes and Queries n.s. 30 [228] (1983): 489-90: 4899.