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DIMEV 3370
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Man may long lives ween / Ac oft him lie the wrench
Admonition to prepare for Death — five 10-line stanzas
Note: See also 3405.
Subjects: death, approach of; songs
Versification: — ten-line — ababbaabbb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 471 (SC 1053), f. 65
First Lines:
Man may longe liwes wenen
ac offte hym legeþt se wrench…
Last Lines:
…awinnet him a þusend þine oþer mo
ne do þu so
Note: Lines 1-2 occur also at f. 133 in the prose Sermo Dominica in Sexagesima; written as prose.
Editions:
Kluge, Friedrich. Mittelenglisches Lesebuch. Halle: Neimeyer, 1912.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 15-18.
Zupitza, Julius. “Zu R. Morris, An Old English Miscellany, pp. 156-159.” Anglia 1 (1878): 410-14: 411-12.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 6-8 (critical text).
2.Source: Oxford, Jesus College 29, Part II, ff. 179v-180v
First Lines:
Mon may longe lyues wene
Ac ofte him lyeþ þe wrench…
Last Lines:
…Wurcheþ him þyne euer mo
Mon ne do þu nouht swo
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 156-9.
Hall, Joseph. Selections from Early Middle English, 1130-1250. 2 parts. Oxford: Clarendon, 1920, 1951: 1.29.
3.Source: London, British Library Arundel 57, f. 51v
Transcription:
Man may longe his lyues wene
and ofte him lyeȝeþ his wrench
Ase nayrweder went in to repe
and nerliche makeþ his blench
þer ne is noþer king ne kneue
þet ne ssel drinke of deaþes drench
man þeruore þe be þench
er þou nalle of þi bench
þi zenne aquench
Note: First stanza only. Written as prose.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Arundel 57. http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Arundel_MS_57.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Dan Michel: Ayenbite of Inwyt. EETS o.s. 23 (1866); rev. P. Gradon; repr. 1965: 129-30.
Stevenson, Joseph, ed. The Ayenbite of Inwyt. Roxburghe Club 72. London, 1855: 101.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.IX, ff. 246ra-246va
First Lines:
Non mai longe liues ƿene
ac ofte him liueð þe wrench…
Last Lines:
…Wurcheþ him pine euer mo
Mon ne do þu noþt sƿo
Note: Written as prose.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Cotton Caligula A IX. http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Cotton_MS_Caligula_A_IX.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 156-9.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Owl and the Nightingale. Percy Society 11. London: Richard, 1843: 63-5.
5.Source: Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Museum MS A.13, f. 93v
Note: With music.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 15-8.
Reese, Gustave. Music in the Middle Ages. New York: Norton, 1940: 243.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 6-8 (critical text).
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 153-4.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 122.