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DIMEV 6155
IMEV 3860.3
NIMEV 3860.3
Was he never good knape
A proverbial couplet
Note: Cf. 4940.
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 29v
Transcription:
Was he neuer gode knappe
þat hadde his dame at þe yate
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 56.
2.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 21v
Transcription:
Was he neuer gode knappe
þat hadde his dame at þe yate
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: 107.