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DIMEV 1245
NIMEV 753.99
Failing of friendship oft time we find
‘On the Evils of Covetousness’ — seventy-five quatrains
Title(s): ‘On the Evils of Covetousness’
Subjects: sins; evils of the time
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 15 [Sotheby’s, 10 Dec. 1969, Lot 43; acquired by Takamiya in 1976], ff. 81vb-83rb
First Lines:
Fayling off frenshippe offt tyme we fynde
In oure lyues and when we be dede
Þof al þi kynne faile þe & hald þe behynde
Trist holly in god þis is my best rede…
Last Lines:
…And to þi mercy þou us take
When we oute of þis world shal wende Amen. Explicit
Editions:
Takamiya, Toshiyuki. “‘On the Evils of Covetousness’: an Unrecorded Middle English Poem.” New Science Out of Old Books: Studies in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in Honour of A. I. Doyle. Richard Beadle, and A. J. Piper, eds. Aldershot, Hampshire: Scolar Press, 1995: 189-206: 194-200.
Matsuda, Takami, ed. Death and Purgatory in Middle English Didactic Poetry. Cambridge, UK: D. S. Brewer, 1997: 238-44.