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DIMEV 4564
IMEV 2865
NIMEV 2865
Saint Bernard sayeth in his Book
St. Bernard on Man’s three Foes — thirty-six 6-line stanzas (aabccb)
Note: Essentially the same as 5215 without the two introductory stanzas.
Author(s): Bernard of Clairveaux
Subjects: transitoriness, of life
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 304rc2-304vb
First Lines:
Seint Bernard seiþ in his Bok
Þat Mon is worm & wormes Cok…
Last Lines:
…And þat we mote þi sone seen
World wiþ outen ende. AMEN.
Attributed Author: Seint Bernard (see 2008)
Attributed Title: Mon haþ þreo enemys hard (see 2008)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Zu mittelenglischen gedichten: IV-X.” Anglia 3 (1880): 59-67, 275-92, 415-25, 533-51: 285-91.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 511-22.