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If thou would have in mind how brutal is thy kind
On transitoriness of mortal life — three long monorhyming lines
Subjects: human life, transitory nature of; transitoriness, of life; mortality
Versification: — monorhyme — aaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 26 (SC 1871), f. 197
Transcription:
Yf þo wolde habbe in mende how brutel ys þy kende
& þenche of þe pyne þat ys wyþ o ȝoten ende
þe woldes to logh bryng þe hyghnesse of þy kende