The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
NIMEV TM 837
It is the property of a gentleman
Proverbial statement about gentlemen’s speech — one
Subjects: gentleman, qualities of; proverbs
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951)
, f. 31r6
It is þe properte of A gentilman
To say the beste þat he
Furnivall, Frederick James,
The Babees Book, etc.
o.s. 32 (1868); rev. ed. Early English Meals and
Manners London: Trübner, 1876; repr. 1973: 220.