The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6379
IMEV 3996
NIMEV 3996
When men beth merriest at their meal
‘Þenk on ȝesterday’ — fifteen l2-line stanzas (ababababbcbc) with refrain, ‘Þenk on ȝesterday’
Subjects: mortality; transitoriness, of life
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 408ra-408va
First Lines:
Whon Men beoþ muriest at heor Mele
[W]iþ mete & drink to maken hem glade…
Last Lines:
…Whon men beoþ murgest at heor Mele
I rede ȝe þenke on ȝuster day
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Die kleinere gedichte der Vernon und Simeon handschrift.” Anglia 7 (1884): 280-315: 297-301.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 2.675-80.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 143-8.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 117-19.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 68-74.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 352-4.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 68-71.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 129vb-130ra
First Lines:
WHon men beoþ muriest at heor mele
With mete & drink to maken hem glade…
Last Lines:
…Whon men beoþ murgest at heor Mele
I rede ȝe þenke on ȝusterday
Attributed Title: Explicit A song of ȝusterday (f. 130ra)
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 133-9.