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Seek to defend thyself from sin
On the Seven Deadly Sins — seven quatrains and concluding 6-line stanza
Subjects: sins, deadly
Versification: — four-line, six-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 17013, f. 5
First Lines:
Seeke to defende thy selfe from synne
So maiest thow lyve in happie daies…
Last Lines:
…In Burning stil he can not dye
Because he dothe no thinge but ly
Note: Added in a sixteenth-century hand.
Attributed Title: and here begynethe the seuen dedly synnes (f. 5)
Editions:
Francis, Winthrop Nelson, ed. The Book of Vices and Virtues: A Fourteenth-Century English Translation of the Somme le Roi of Lorens d’Orleans. EETS o.s. 217 (1942); repr. 1987: 340.