The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Him were better that he ne were ne never born / For life and soul be his
Illustrative couplet to conclude a specimen exemplum in a
ad usum praedicantium’ — one couplet introduced by ‘Anglice
1.Source: Durham, Durham Cathedral Library B.IV.19
, f. 50
hym were bettre þat he he were ne neuer boren
for liif and soule
he his for loren
Little, Andrew George.
British Society of Franciscan Studies
Vols 5 (1914) and 10 (1922) Manchester: University Press, 1914,
Pfander, Homer Garrison.
“The Popular Sermon of the Medieval Friar in England.”
Diss. New York University, 1937: 47.