The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
He may lightly swim
A proverbial couplet
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.328 (SC 15444)
, f. 141
He may þe better suwe
þat ys holdde vp by þe
Note: Translating ‘Ille poteste melius nature qui sustinetur per
mentum’, which precedes; English portion all written on one
Meech, Sanford Brown.
“A Collection of Proverbs in Rawlinson MS D 328.”
38 (1940-41): 113-32: 119.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354
, p. 402
He mai lightli swim
that is hold wp by þe chin
Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354,
Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book.
e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 129.