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NIMEV 1626.55
It is bitter to mans mend
The character of Death — one triplet in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Note: Formerly included in 849.
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: death
Versification: — three-line — aaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 86v
Transcription:
It is bitter to mannis mende
It is siker to mannis kende
It is delere of al oure ende
Attributed Title: De Morte (f. 86)
Editions:
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 337.
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 23.