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In twenty year of age remember we everyone
The Four Ages of Man — four monorhyming quatrains and six-line burden: ‘So dye shall then / All cristyn men / No man wottith his tyme ne when / Wherfor thow may / Yf thou behye / Thynk non other but thou shalt dye’
Note: Followed by 3990.
Subjects: ages of man’s life
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4392
First Lines:
In xxti yere of age Remembre we euerychon
Þat deth will not be strange to taste vs by on & on…
Last Lines:
…Owt of þis world his lyf to pas with mercy of Ihesus
Deth strykith with sword & seyth Man it shal be thus
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 224.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 93.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 250; 1977, 222.