The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
A very friend at need
A rhyming proverb that serves as the opening of a letter from William Worcester
to an unknown member of Sir John Fastolf’s household, Paston Letters and Papers
604; Worcester cites Aristotle’s Ethics and Cicero’s de
Amicitia — one couplet
Subjects: friendship; proverbs
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27444
, f. 71
A very frende at nede
experience will schewe be deede
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Author: William Worcester
Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century.
s.s. 20 and 21 (2004): 2.203.