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Now thou unseely body upon bier liest
Address to the body on the bier — nine monorhyming lines
Subjects: death; repentance
Versification: — monorhyme — aaaaaaaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), f. 84
First Lines:
Nu þu vnseli bodi up on bere list
Were bet þine robin of fau & of gris…
Last Lines:
…þu noldist not þe bi þenchen forte ben wis
for þi hauistu for lorin þe Ioye of parais
Note: Translating ‘purpura cum bisso dignum te fecit abysso…’, which precedes ME text.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 64.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 92.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 224-5.