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DIMEV 6525
NIMEV 4082.55
While thou art in wealth and weal
Friends are fickle — two couplets translating ‘Tempore felici multi tibi numerantur amici’ which precedes them in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Note: Cf. Walther (1963), no. 31228; Whiting (1968), P295, P335.
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: friends, fickleness of; translations; money; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 68v
Transcription:
Wil þu art in welthe & wele
Þu salt hauen frendis fele
ȝef þu be pore & falle in wo
Alle þi frendis wilen fro þe go
Attributed Title: De Ingratitudine (f. 68v)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 19.