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His colour blacketh
Signs of Death — four lines
Note: See 6460.
Title(s): Homo in fine
Subjects: death, approach of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 87v
Transcription:
His colour blaket
His mirthe slaket
His heued aket
His bodi quaket
Note: Four lines in Grimestone’s sermon notebook.
Attributed Title: Homo in fine (f. 87v); De Morte (f. 86)
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Signs of Death in Middle English.” Mediaeval Studies 32 (1970): 282-98: 295.
2.Source: Hereford, Hereford Cathedral Library O.3.5, ff. 48rb-48va
Transcription:
his myrth is slaket
his colour blaket
his hed aketh
His body quaketh
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Signs of Death in Middle English.” Mediaeval Studies 32 (1970): 282-98: 295.