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Whoso hath an evil tongue
A proverbial saying about evil tongues, trans. Latin, ‘Cui mala lingua datur semper que sunt mala fatur’ — one couplet
Subjects: proverbs; tongue, destructive power of; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21626), f. 21
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Die Mittelenglische Sprichwörtersammlung in Douce 52.” Festschrift zum XII Deutschen Neuphilolgentage in München 1906. E. Stollreither, ed. Erlangen (1906): 40-64: 49.
2.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Lat. 394, f. 11
Transcription:
Who os hase an euel tonge
euer he spekes þat is wronge
Note: Written on one line, as prose.
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: 99.