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Swines-bread is swithe sweet
Count the cost of luxuries — one quatrain
Note: Lines 149-150 of the Poema Morale (2113) occurring separately
Subjects: advice; money
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Museum MS A.13, f. 46v
Transcription:
Swithe Swete is swines bredre
so is of ƿilde dere
Al to dure þe Brede
he buth þe þift midt his owere
Editions:
Hill, Betty. “A Couplet from the Conduct of Life in Maidstone MS A 13.” Notes and Queries n.s. 50 (2003): 377.
2.Source: Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Museum MS A.13, f. 93
Transcription:
Sƿines brede is Sƿiþe Sƿete
so is of ƿilde dure
al to dure he it a bihþ
Þe ȝifh þer fore is Sƿere
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. “The Maidstone Text of the Proverbs of Alfred.” Modern Language Review 21 (1926): 249-60: 249.
Hill, Betty. “A Couplet from the Conduct of Life in Maidstone MS A 13.” Notes and Queries n.s. 50 (2003): 377.
3.Source: Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Museum MS A.13, f. 253
Transcription:
Swþe swete is swines brede &c
Note: Third occurrence in MS.
Editions:
Hill, Betty. “A Couplet from the Conduct of Life in Maidstone MS A 13.” Notes and Queries n.s. 50 (2003): 377.