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Nas there never carion so loath
The loathesomeness of Death, a tag in the Fasciculus morum freely rendering a quotation attributed to St. Bernard — six lines roughly rhyming aabccb
Subjects: sermons, verse in; death
Versification: — six-line — aabccb
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159)



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 13
Transcription:
naster euer careyn so loth
as mon When he to pyt gothe
and deth hatȝ layd so logh
ffor when dethe draghetȝ mon from eyere
þe soster wol not se þe brodyr
no fadyr þe sone knawe
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 66
Transcription:
Naster nower karoyn so loth
as man wen he to pyt goth
and deth hath leyd so logh
For won deth drauth man to þe erthe
þi suster nil nouth seo þe brother
ne fader ye þi sone ys knowe
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 10v
First Lines:
Naster neuer careyn so loth
os man when he to put goth…
Last Lines:
…þe suster nyl not se þe brother
ne fader þe sone knowe
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 20v
Transcription:
Was þer neuer caren so lothe
As mon when he to put goth
And deth has layde so lowe
For when deth drawes mon from oþur
þe suster nul not se þe brother
Ne fader þe sone i knawe
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 149.
5.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 21v
Transcription:
Waster neuer caryon so lothe
as man when he to the pytte gothe
and dethe hathe layde so lawe
ffor whan dethe draws men fro other
the syster wull not se the brother
ne fader the son knawe
6.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 163ra
Transcription:
Was þar neuer caroyne so loyth
as manne wene ho to pute goþ
and deþ haþ leyd so low
deþ for wanne draw þy manne fro oþer
suster vl noght se þi broþer
ne þe fader þe sonne þi kauwe
Note: Written as prose.
7.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 166vb