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IMEV 2066.8
NIMEV 2066.8
Man is but a frail thing
On mortality — two couplets translating ‘Est homo res fragilis’ which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Note: See Walther (1969), no. 5691; Walther (1963), no. 7486.
Subjects: mortality; translations; proverbs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 87v
Transcription:
Man is but a frele þing
ffor þe time of is genning
Nou he is an nou en nis
Als þe flour þat springet in gres
Attributed Title: De Morte (f. 86)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 26.