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Sith that ye list to be my hostess
Death’s Warning to the World — eight stanzas rhyme royal; partly from The Fall of Princes (1904), I.764-70, 806-12, 918-24, 925-31, 960-66.
Subjects: death; transitoriness of world
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 322 (SC 21896), ff. 19vb-20ra
First Lines:
Syth that ye lyste to be my costes
And in youre book to set myne Image…
Last Lines:
…That in thys worlde euery lyuyng creature
ffor Adams synne must dye of nature
Note: Four stanzas only
Attributed Author: Thyese balades that thus ben wryten here be take owte of the book of Iohn Lucas and sayde to the peple that shall see thys lytell tretyse in tyme to come (f. 20ra)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.655-57.
Wager, Willis J. “Two Poems from the ‘Booke of John Lucas.’” Philological Quarterly 15 (1936): 377-83: 377-83 (extracts).
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.45, ff. 13-13v
First Lines:
Seth þat þe list to be myn hostesse
And in youre boke to sette myn ymage…
Last Lines:
…That in this worlde eche liuyng creature
ffor Adames synne must die of nature
Attributed Title: Dictamen vel lugubre carmen terribilissimi Mortis (f. 13)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 19v