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Speak French and construe art
A proverbial saying — one couplet
Subjects: proverbs; advice
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 19
Transcription:
Speke frenssh & constreue art
& þu schalt selde com to thy part
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 48.
2.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 8v
Transcription:
Speke frensche & constrwe arte
And þu shalt selde come to þy parte
Note: Translating ‘Gallice sillabica logicalia construe dicta / Et propriam partem partinges raro per artem’, which follows it.
Editions:
Pantin, William A. “A Medieval Collection of Latin and English Proverbs…from Rylands Latin MS. 394.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 14 (1930): 81-114: 97.