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DIMEV 6521
IMEV 4079.6
NIMEV 4079.6
While the grass groweth
A proverbial saying, translating ‘Gramen dum crescit equus in moriendo quiescit’ — one couplet
Subjects: proverbs; translations; seasons; horses
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 15v
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 45.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444), f. 141v
Transcription:
whyle þe grasse growyth
þe horsse stervyth
Note: Translating ‘Dum gramine crescit equus in uerendo quiescit’, which follows; 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: 120.
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4021
Transcription:
While the gresse grwith
the hors stervith
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 45.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 203.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 128.
4.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 42010
Transcription:
While the gresse growith
the hors stervith
Note: Second occurrence in MS.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 45.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 132.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2321, f. 149
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 8.
6.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 7v
Transcription:
while þe gresse growes
þe good hors sterues
Note: Written as prose; Latin follows.
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: 978.