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DIMEV 883
Bolning of brooks breaks the brinks
Aphoristic advice on causes and effects and on forethought — four monorhyming and alliterative lines
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — four-line — aaaa, alliterative



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Nottingham, Nottingham University Library Mellish Lm 1 [olim Mellish; olim Hadsock Priory nr Worksop], f. 20ra
Transcription:
Bolnyng of brokes brekes the brynkes
Sylden wakes he wel that in wo wynkes
Sel nere thy chaffare there bodone ware stynkes
Yf thre thryve in a town thrytty forthynkes
Note: Added to bottom of page by a hand of the fifteenth century.
Editions:
Davis, Norman. “Chaucer’s Gentilesse: A Forgotten Manuscript with some Proverbs.” Review of English Studies 20 (1969): 43-50: 48.