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A wellaway thou foul hold / that I ever was to thee I-tied
‘Soul’s Address to the Wicked Body’, imbedded in the
‘De Sancto Andrea’, number CCIX of the Trinity Homilies — 7
lines, the first two alliterating, the rest in rhyming half-lines
Title(s): ‘Soul’s Address to the Wicked Body’; ‘De Sancto Andrea’;
Subjects: debate, body and soul; Saint Andrea; death
alliterating, rhyming half-lines —
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.52 (335)
, f. 130
Aweilewi þu fule hold þat ich auere was to þe
long habbe ich on þe wuned swo wo is me þe
…Iuele wurmes mote þe chewe swo we þe be þat tu me
for þine gulte ishal nu to pine rotie mote þu to
Note: Written as prose in the MS.
Old English Homilies of the Twelfth Century: From the Unique MS.
B.14.52 in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge
o.s. 53 (1873); repr. 1973: 172-85.
“A Poetic Fragment on the Soul’s Addrss to the Body in the
Notes and Queries
55 (2008): 399-400.