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DIMEV 1468.5
From Jove above a spending breath
Verses urging us to make the most of time — one six-line stanza
Author(s): Roger North
Subjects: advice; transience; debate, of body and soul
Versification: — six-line — ababcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], f. ivv
Transcription:
From Joue aboue a spendyng breath
ys lent to vs to leade oure lyfe
to lyue to dye whan hatefull death
shall rydd vs hense and stynt oure stryfe
My ynward mane to heauenly thyngs wold trade me
And styll thys fleash doth euermore dysswade me
Note: Added in a sixteenth-century hand.
Attributed Author: R North
Facsimiles:
Woodward, Daniel, and Martin Stevens, eds. The New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile (Huntington MS EL 26 C 9). Tokyo: Yushodo, and San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1995.
Editions:
David, Alfred. “The Ownership and Use of the Ellesmere Manuscript.” The Ellesmere Chaucer: Essays in Interpretation. San Marino, CA & Tokyo: Huntington Library & Yushodo Co., Ltd., 1995. 307-26: 317-18.