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IMEV 4079.8
NIMEV 4079.8
While the hound gnaweth the bone
A proverbial saying about a dog with a bone not wishing any company — one couplet
Subjects: proverbs; dogs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.45 (1149), p. 351
Transcription:
Wil þe hund gnagþ bon
ifere nele he non
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Frühmittelenglische Sprichwörter.” Englische Studien 31 (1902): 1-20: 8.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 3362, f. 7