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DIMEV 496
An old wife and an empty cup / There is no mirth in either
Trials of marrying either an old or a young wife — two cross-rhymed stanza
Note: Formerly 3533.5.
Subjects: women, against; marriage, trials of
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 257 (SC 21831), f. 99v
Note: Added on flyleaf.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.113 (second stanza only).
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 38.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 565.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 131-2.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 67 (second stanza only).