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DIMEV 6209
IMEV 3892.5
NIMEV 3892.5
Well were him that wist / To whom he might trust
A proverbial couplet
Note: Same as lines 1-2 of 6208 and 6210
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), f. 144
Transcription:
Well were hym þat wyst
to wam he myst tryst
Note: Translating ‘Euax qui si ret…’, which precedes; English portion all written on one line.
Editions:
Meech, Sanford Brown. “A Collection of Proverbs in Rawlinson MS D 328.” Modern Philology 38 (1940-41): 113-32: 125.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 17
Transcription:
Welle were hym þat to wham he myȝht trist
And so were hym þat knew false fro þe trewe
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 46.



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Sir Arthur Evans, a ring: Exhibition of Eng. Med. Art, London, 1930, Item 862.