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DIMEV 6481
IMEV 4055
NIMEV 4055
When will over wit wries
Will and Wit — one quatrain
Note: For similar lines see 6410.
Subjects: advice, moral
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36523, f. 71
Transcription:
When wille ouer wyt wryes
Þan goeth wille witte byforn
Mony a man to his harme hyes
Þan hath wille wit for lorn
Note: Written in the bottom margin of the previous text, 3107-8.
Editions:
Herbert, John Alexander, ed. Titus and Vespasian, or, the Destruction of Jerusalem, in Rhymed Couplets. Roxburghe Club 146. London, 1905: xxvii.
Dickins, Bruce. The Conflict of Wit and Will; fragments of a Middle English alliterative poem. Leeds Texts and Monographs 4 Kendal: T. Wilson, 1937: 10.