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DIMEV 53
IMEV 37.5
NIMEV 37.5
A good beginning / Maketh a good ending
A proverbial couplet
Note: Cf. 3383; 6467; Tilley (1950) B 259; Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 12.
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 28
Transcription:
Of agode begynnyng
comyth agode endyng
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 55.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), f. 140
Transcription:
A good be gynnyng
makyth a god ende
Note: Translating, ‘Bonum principium facit bonum finem’, which precedes; English portion all written on one line.
Editions:
Meech, Sanford Brown. “A Collection of Proverbs in Rawlinson MS D 328.” Modern Philology 38 (1940-41): 113-32: 117.
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 402
Transcription:
A good beginning
makith a good endinge
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
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: 129.
Bühler, Kurt. “The Liber de dictis philosophorum antiquorum and common proverbs in George Ashby’s poems.” PMLA 65 (1950): 282-9: 354.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37075, f. 70
Transcription:
A gode be gynnyng
maketh a gode endyng
Note: Two verse lines per manuscript line.
Editions:
Whiting, Bartlett Jere. “A Collection of Proverbs in BM Additional MS 37075.” Medieval And Linguistic Studies in Honor of Francis Peabody Magoun Jr. J. B. Bessinger, and R. P. Creed, eds. London: G. Allen and Unwin, 1965: 274.
5.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 18v
Transcription:
Of a good begynnynge
comes a good endynge
Note: Written on one line as prose; trans. ‘Principium gratum finem facit esse beatum…’, which follows.
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: 105.