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My lief life that livest in wealth
A warning spoken by the soul of a dead person — eight quatrains (abab)
Subjects: warnings; women, as speakers/narrators; death
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 789 (SC 2643), ff. 149-150
First Lines:
Mi leeve liif þat lyvest in welþe
In mete and drinke and fayr schroud…
Last Lines:
…þanne may he sikir of heven be
Whanne he schal in erþe be laid
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: Here is a good counseil for synful men to take heede to while þei ben in þis liif (f. 149)
Editions:
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 317-18.
Hirsh, John C. “Prayer and Meditation in Late Mediaeval England: MS. Bodley 789.” Medium Ævum 48 (1979): 55-66: 61-2.