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DIMEV 6273
IMEV 3927.3
NIMEV 3927.3
When bale is highest
A proverbial couplet
Note: Cf. 1152, 5530 (line 14); included in 3383 (stanza 21 of London, British Library Harley 2253; ed. Northall (1892), 560); see also Hazlitt (1882), 474.
Subjects: proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 25v
Transcription:
When bale is heyst
bote is next
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 52.
2.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 15v
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: 102.