The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Look before thee how thy life wasteth
Respice ante te, retro te, etc. — five lines
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
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College 13 (F.4.13)
, f. 2
Looke before the how thi lyfe wastyth
Looke behynde þe how thy
…Looke man benethe þe þi payne withoute reste
man aboue þe is yoye þat euer shall leste
James, Montague Rhodes.
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the College Library of
Magdalene College Cambridge.
Cambridge: at the UP, 1909: 26.