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Better is the poor in his simplesse
On wealth — one couplet translating ‘Melior est pauper ambulans in simplicitate sua…’ (Prov. 19:1) which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: wealth; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 49
Transcription:
Betre is þe pore in his si[m]plesse
Þan þe riche þat liuet with vnrithfulnesse
Attributed Title: De Diuiciis (f. 48v)
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: 15.