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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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DIMEV 5332
The higher that the plums be
Proverbial saying about reaching for the unattainable — two couplets
Subjects: aphorisms; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 131 [olim Buccleuch, Quaritch Cats. 303, 304], f. 66
Transcription:
The heyer that the ploumes be
The heyer that the tre Be
the Ryppere be the plomes
the [ ] fer that…
Note: Added to lower margin by a hand of sixteenth century; last line mostly indecipherable; possibly related to 837.
Editions:
Hanna, Ralph, ed. “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: A Checklist of Addenda.” Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980): 235-58: 253 (lines 1-2).
Dutschke, C. W. Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. 2 vols. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1989: 1.175.