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DIMEV 6089
IMEV 3815.5
NIMEV 3815.5
Two friars and a fox make three shrews
One long couplet
Subjects: friars, criticism/satire of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 31
Transcription:
Thre freris and thre fox
maken thre shrewys
And euer berus the fox the box
of alle gode thewy
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 57.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Holkham misc. 39, f. 439v
Transcription:
To frerys and a fox makyn thre chrewys
And þe fox beryth in hys box alle þe good thewys
Note: Followed by a Latin version.
3.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 25
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: 109.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 561.