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O mortal man mazed with pomp and pride
‘Remember man thow art but wormes mete’ — eight stanzas rhyme royal with refrain
Title(s): ‘Remember man thow art but wormes mete’
Subjects: mortality; transitoriness, of life; sins, deadly
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 7-8
First Lines:
O mortall man masyd with pompe and pride
of vayne glorye makyng thyn edifice…
Last Lines:
…If thow ax grace with contrite teres wete
thy sowle may lyve thowghe thow be wormes mete
Note: ‘Explicit’ below last line.
Attributed Title: Remembar man thow art but wormes mette (f. 7), by scribe (John Stow).
Editions:
Edwards, A. S. G. “A Fifteenth-Century Didactic Poem in British Museum Additional MS 29729.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 70 (1969): 702-06: 702.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 21410, f. 168
First Lines:
o mortall mon with [þi senchis?] abused
grasping after hie prosperite…
Last Lines:
…and thow be riche more good woldyst thow gete
remember mon that thow art wormes mete
Note: Fragment: stanza 1 only, added to margin by hand of sixteenth century.
Editions:
Bergen, Henry, ed. Lydgate’s Fall of Princes. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 121-24 (1924-27); repr. 1967: 4.65.
3.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Addit. 46, f. 8-8v; 9
First Lines:
O mortall man…syd with pom…
Of veyne glory making …thynne edylies…
Last Lines:
…to theme that the wyll note sounter ple…e…
…bre man thow art but w[or]mys mete
Note: The text survives on two damaged parchment fragments, resized on uniform paper sheets.
Editions:
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards. “Unrecorded Middle English Verse Texts in a Canterbury Cathedral Library Manuscript.” Medium Ævum 72 (2003): 49-62: 59.