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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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London, British Library Harley 3352
Number 6266-3
1.   f. 5   When Adam delved and Eve span
A proverbial saying employed by John Ball in the Wat Tyler insurrection (1381); also found in German, Dutch, etc. Cf. 1596, lines 98-99; 3921, lines 1-4; also many early chronicles. For further references, cf. Meech (1940), 130.