The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6443
NIMEV 4034.77
When the head quaketh
Signs of death, the Fasciculus Morum version — 14 lines in couplets
Note: See Wenzel (1978), 198-9 for the distinction from 6461

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 208rb
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 91
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 222.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 183v
When the hed wakyth
& þe lippis blakyþ
And the nose sharpith
& þe synow sterkyth
And þe brest pattyþ
And the breth wantyþ
And the tethe ratelyth
And the throte rotelyth
And the sole is went out
of the body ne tit but a clowt
And aftyr be it in pyt
And with erth fast y dyte
Sone be it so stokyn
þe sowle all clene is fur ȝyte
Note: Written as prose
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 148v
First Lines:
When þe hede quakyth
And þe lyppis blakyth…
Last Lines:
…Sone be it so stekenn
Þe sowle all clene ys forȝetenn
Note: Written as prose.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 81.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 197.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 91v
First Lines:
Wen þi hed quakyth
& þi lyppes blaketh…
Last Lines:
…sone so it be in erthe I loken
þe soule al clene is for ȝeten
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2247, f. 212
First Lines:
whan þi handes [sic] quaketh
þi lippes blaketh…
Last Lines:
…Anon þou thenkkest þyn hert wolde brast
for þy life may not last
Note: Written as prose; occurs independently from Fasciculus, in a funeral sermon.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 199.
Bitterling, Klaus. “Signs of Death and Other Monitory Snatches from MS Harley 2247.” Notes and Queries n.s. 26 [224] (1979): 101-2: 102.
7.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 227rb
wen þe hede wa quake
and þe lyppes blake
And þe nose scharp
And þi synnews starke
& þe breste panteþ
& þe breþe wanteþ
& þe theþe rothelþe
& þe þrot rotheld
& þe soul is went
of þe body no tit bot a clout
And after be hyt on a pyt
& with erþe fast hydde
som be it stoken yn son
al clen es for ȝoten
Note: Fourteen lines in rough couplets.
8.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV]
9.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 228ra
10.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 102v