Proverbs of Alfred

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An early Middle English poem, dating, in the form in which it has reached us, from the 13th cent., though probably composed about 1150–80. The poem's 600 lines begin by giving an account of Alfred and proceed to a series of 35 sayings, each beginning ‘Thus quath Alfred’, containing proverbial instructions. The attribution of the proverbs to Alfred is no more than traditional.

Subjects: Literature.

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