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DIMEV 5571
IMEV 3530.5
NIMEV TM 1629
There is a saying both old and true
A moral poem on honest mirth — six six-line stanzas and a four-line pseudo-burden: ‘Nowe will ye be mery & can ye be merye / I pray you be mery mery mery mery / Be as mery as yowe cane / So shall yow please bothe god & man’.
Note: Cf. 4245.
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — six-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Dyce 25.F.40 (MS Dyce 45), ff. 15v-16
First Lines:
Ther ys a saying bothe olde & trewe
All honeste myrthe ys goode vertu…
Last Lines:
…Whoo bryngythe all perfette myrthe to man
How can yowe be but mery than