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DIMEV 268
IMEV 143.8
NIMEV 143.8
Alas Death alas a blessful thing ye were
An epitaph, including a warning to ‘galaunts’, accompanying a wall-painting of a young man confronted by a skeleton — two stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: epitaphs; gallants; illustrations, verse accompanying
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Salisbury, Salisbury Cathedral, Hungerford Chapel , no longer visible?
First Lines:
Alasse, Dethe, alasse, a blesful thyng þu were
Yf thow wolldyst spare us yn our lustynesse…
Last Lines:
…Beholde thaym well, consydere and see
For such as thay ar, such shalt þow be
Editions:
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. Chronicles of the Tombs. London: Bohn, 1857, and subsequent printings: 170-1.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 348.
Gray, Douglas. Themes and Images in the Medieval Religious Lyric. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1972: 207.