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Man may long lives ween / Ac oft him lie the wrench
Admonition to prepare for Death — five 10-line stanzas
Note: See also 3405.
Subjects: death, approach of; songs
Versification: — ten-line — ababbaabbb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 471 (SC 1053), f. 65
First Lines:
Man may longe liwes wenen
ac offte hym legeþt se wrench…
Last Lines:
…awinnet him a þusend þine oþer mo
ne do þu so
Note: Lines 1-2 occur also at f. 133 in the prose Sermo Dominica in Sexagesima; written as prose.
Editions:
Kluge, Friedrich. Mittelenglisches Lesebuch. Halle: Neimeyer, 1912.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 15-18.
Zupitza, Julius. “Zu R. Morris, An Old English Miscellany, pp. 156-159.” Anglia 1 (1878): 410-14: 411-12.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 6-8 (critical text).
2.Source: Oxford, Jesus College 29, Part II, ff. 179v-180v
First Lines:
Mon may longe lyues wene
Ac ofte him lyeþ þe wrench…
Last Lines:
…Wurcheþ him þyne euer mo
Mon ne do þu nouht swo
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 156-9.
Hall, Joseph. Selections from Early Middle English, 1130-1250. 2 parts. Oxford: Clarendon, 1920, 1951: 1.29.
3.Source: London, British Library Arundel 57, f. 51v
Note: First stanza only.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Dan Michel: Ayenbite of Inwyt. EETS o.s. 23 (1866); rev. P. Gradon; repr. 1965: 129-30.
Stevenson, Joseph, ed. The Ayenbite of Inwyt. Roxburghe Club 72. London, 1855: 101.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.IX, f. 246
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 156-9.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Owl and the Nightingale. Percy Society 11. London: Richard, 1843: 63-5.
5.Source: Maidstone, Kent, Maidstone Museum MS A.13, f. 93v
Note: With music.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 15-8.
Reese, Gustave. Music in the Middle Ages. New York: Norton, 1940: 243.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 6-8 (critical text).
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 153-4.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 122.