‘Young Saint, Old Devil’: Reflections on a Medieval Proverb<sup>*</sup>

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198111870
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670657 | DOI:
‘Young Saint, Old Devil’: Reflections on a Medieval Proverb*

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The ‘Young saint, old devil’ is a medieval proverb that was included in Dunbar's poem entitled ‘The Merle and the Nychtingaill’. This chapter discusses other passages and discussions that concern this old proverb, and how other English writers translated this proverb into their respective works.

Keywords: medieval proverb; Dunbar; passages; The Merle and the Nychtingaill

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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