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DIMEV 4470.5
Retain refuse no friend no foe
Verses urging us to make the most of time — one six-line stanza
Author(s): Roger North
Subjects: advice; transience
Versification: — six-line — ababcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], f. ivv
Transcription:
Retaine, refuse, no frend, no foe
Condeme, alowe, no chance, no choice
your forme, your Life, shall end, shall growe
no badd, no good, shall pine, reioice
So helpe so hate, mistrust your frend
as blisfull daies your Life may end
Note: Added in a sixteenth-century hand.
Attributed Author: R N[orth]
Facsimiles:
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.