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DIMEV 4790
IMEV 3079.3
NIMEV 3079.3
Say thou vessel of wretchedness
Two couplets translating ‘Dic homo vas scelerum quid prodest copia rerum / In modica fossa clauderis pellis et ossa’, which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: translations; death
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 87v
Transcription:
Sey þu vessel of wrechidnesse
Wat profitet þe werdis richesse
In a dep pitȝ doun to þe kne
Sken & bon men solen closen þe
Attributed Title: De Morte (f. 86)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 25.