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If man him bethought
A remembrance of Mortality — five couplets
Note: For another version see 6610; for other texts showing parallels see 5009 and 5043.
Subjects: mortality; death
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Erfurt, Stadtbibl., Erfurt Amplon Oct. 58 f. 139: not present though listed as ed. Förster (1918) (so listed for deletion in Louis (1992).



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Arundel 292, f. 3v4
First Lines:
If man him biðocte
inderlike & ofte…
Last Lines:
…In ƿene non sinne
Sulde his herte ƿinnen
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Kleinere mittelenglische texte.” Anglia 42 (1918): 145-224; 43 (1919): 191: 156.
Haupt, Moriz, and August Heinrich Hoffmann, eds. Altdeutsche Blätter. 2 vols. Leipzig: Brockhaus, 1836, 1840: 1.396-401: 2.142.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.235-6.
Ellis, Alexander John, ed. On Early English Pronunciation. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 2 (1867), 7 (1869), 14 (1871), 23 (1874), repr. 1973; issued jointly by the Philological Society, the EETS, and the Chaucer Society [2nd ser. 1, 4-5, 25] London: Trübner; ed. note: with rare exceptions, entries from these volumes are identical; where variants occur, both editions are cited: 2.441-2.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 2.51.
Garrett, Robert Max. “Religious Verses from MS Arundel 292.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 128 (1912): 367-8: 368.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 19-20.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 9.
Hargreaves, Henry. “Middle English Lyrics in an Aberdeen University Library Manuscripts.” Aberdeen University Review 43 (1969): 146-56: 151.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 113-14.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 47.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 21.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 223.
Wirtjes, Hanneke, ed. The Middle English Physiologus. EETS 299 o.s. 299 (1991): 48.