The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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
1.Source: Leicester, Leicestershire Record Office 6D32/2 [formerly Old Town Hall Library, MS 4]
, p. 37b
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
botymles bot to lern fort sinc
Note: Latin follows.
“Anecdota Literaria: Scraps in English and Latin From A Manuscript of
the Fourteenth Century, in the Library of the Corporation of Leicester.”
1 (Aug., 1853): 419: 419.