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IMEV 4128.5
NIMEV 4128.5
Whoso hath a wife and list for to swyve
Translation of ‘Qui provam habet conjugem qui odit laborare…’ — four monorhyming lines
Subjects: translations; wives; women, against
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Leicester, Leicestershire Record Office 6D32/2 [formerly Old Town Hall Library, MS 4], p. 37b
Transcription:
Woys hat a wyf and leȝt fort to suync
Lige longe in hyr bed and lef fort drinc
Scho were betir in ȝe se fer from ȝe brinc
In a botymles bot to lern fort sinc
Note: Latin follows.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas. “Anecdota Literaria: Scraps in English and Latin From A Manuscript of the Fourteenth Century, in the Library of the Corporation of Leicester.” Retrospective Review 1 (Aug., 1853): 419: 419.