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DIMEV 3260
IMEV 1998
NIMEV 1998
Loss of goods grieveth me sore
Time lost is never recovered — four lines
Subjects: aphorisms
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 840 (SC 27654), f. 164
Transcription:
Losse of goodes me ruefes sore
but losse of dayes is much more
re storing of goodes is often sene
but losse of dayes comes neuer agayne
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 316B, f. 82
Transcription:
Los of goodes greveth me full sor
but loss of good grevethe me mase mor
Recovery of goodes es often tymes syn
and soo es the tyme never Recovered aȝen
Note: Added to right margin by a later hand of the fifteenth or sixteenth century.
Editions:
Mynors, Roger Aubrey Baskerville, ed. Catalogue of Manuscripts in Balliol College Library. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 334.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Titus A.XXVI, f. 173v
Transcription:
Losse of good men Rewe for
But losse of tyme is moche more
Recouery of godys is often seyne
But lose of tyme Comys neuyr A gayne
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: London, British Library Sloane 513, f. 136
5.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 159, f. 151
Transcription:
Loss Louss of goodes greueth me sore
but lous of tyme greuth me more
for louss of goodes they wyll restore
but lous of tyme comethe no more
Note: Added by a sixteenth-century hand, upside-down in lower margin.
Editions:
Holmstedt, Gustaf, ed. Speculum Christiani. EETS o.s. 182 (1933); repr. 1988: xxxi.
6.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 159, f. 156
Transcription:
Losse [cropped, bottom of page]
but losse tym grreves me more
ffor lose of goodes thy wyll restore
but Lose of tym comethe no more
Note: Added by a sixteenth-century hand, upside-down in lower margin.