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DIMEV 6210
IMEV 3893
NIMEV 3893
Well were him that wist / To whom he might trust
A warning against false friends — one 6-line tail-rhyme stanza
Note: First two lines same as 6208 and 6209.
Subjects: friends, false
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1438, Parts II, III (SC 7707), p. 82
First Lines:
Wel wer hym þat wyst
to wham he moght trist …
Last Lines:
…the falce fro the trew
clothyd yn oon wede
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Black, William Henry. Catalogi Codicum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae…Pars X, A…Catalogue of the Manuscripts bequeathed…by Elias Ashmole. Oxford: Clarendon, 1845: 1186.
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 46.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 B.XLVII, f. 3v
Note: Lacks lines 3, 6, to form 2 couplets.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.366.