The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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
Subjects: epitaphs; gallants; illustrations, verse accompanying
1.Source: Salisbury, Salisbury Cathedral, Hungerford Chapel
, no longer visible?
Alasse, Dethe, alasse, a blesful thyng þu were
Yf thow wolldyst
spare us yn our lustynesse…
…Beholde thaym well, consydere and see
For such as thay ar,
such shalt þow be
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph.
Chronicles of the Tombs.
London: Bohn, 1857, and subsequent printings: 170-1.
The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 348.
Themes and Images in the Medieval Religious Lyric.
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1972: 207.