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DIMEV 2710
NIMEV 1618.55
It doth harm and hate done harm
Death comes unexpectedly — one quatrain translating ‘Et nocet et nocuit semper differre paratis / Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit’ which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: death; advice, moral
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 87
Transcription:
It doth harm & hat don harm
To putten forth þe time
He þat kepth him nouth today fro harm
To morwen may gon to pine
Attributed Title: De Morte (f. 86)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 24.