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Look before thee how thy life wasteth
Respice ante te, retro te, etc. — five lines
Note: See also 6790; cf. an inscription in St Paul’s Cathedral, pr. Camden (1633), 386; 1876, 413.
Title(s): Respice ante te, retro te
Subjects: inscriptions; advice, spiritual; death, approach of
Versification: — five-line — aaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College 13 (F.4.13), f. 2
First Lines:
Looke before the how thi lyfe wastyth
Looke behynde þe how thy deth hastyth…
Last Lines:
…Looke man benethe þe þi payne withoute reste
Looke man aboue þe is yoye þat euer shall leste
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the College Library of Magdalene College Cambridge. Cambridge: at the UP, 1909: 26.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 204v
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.377.