The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Retain refuse no friend no foe
Verses urging us to make the most of time — one six-line
Author(s): Roger North
Subjects: advice; transience
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’]
, f. ivv
Retaine, refuse, no frend, no foe
Condeme, alowe, no chance, no
your forme, your Life, shall end, shall growe
no badd, no good,
shall pine, reioice
So helpe so hate, mistrust your frend
daies your Life may end
Note: Added in a sixteenth-century hand.
Attributed Author: R N[orth]
Woodward, Daniel, and Martin Stevens, eds.
The New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile (Huntington MS EL 26 C 9).
Tokyo: Yushodo, and San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1995.