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DIMEV 2993
NIMEV 1819.55
King be thou ready watch and wake
Death besieges the castle of the soul — three couplets in a Middle English sermon
Subjects: sermons, verse in; death
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2247, f. 211v
First Lines:
Kyng, be þu redy, wach and wake
Or þu be ware I woll þe take…
Last Lines:
…O þu kyng a-slake þi boste
for death is ny to take þi goste
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 65.