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There been women there been words
Proverbial saying against women, translating Multi sermones ibi sunt vbi sunt mulieres / Ac vbi sunt auce merde sunt non in pauce — one couplet
Subjects: proverbs; women, against
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 23
Transcription:
There ben women there ben wordis
There ben gese there ben tordys
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 50.
2.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 12
Transcription:
Ther ben women þer ben wordis
Ther ben gese ther ben toordes
Note: Latin 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: 100.