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DIMEV 4948
So the compass goes even about
On duty — a verse inscription on the wall of Melrose Abbey
Subjects: inscriptions; epitaphs; evils of the age
Versification: — irregular



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Melrose, Scotland, Melrose Abbey, transept, well wall
Transcription:
[Sa ye cvmpas] gays evyn abovte
[s]va [trouth] and d lavt[e sall] do bvt divte
Be halde to ye hende quod iohne morvo
Note: Reconstruction; partially obscured.
Editions:
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. An Inventory of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Roxburghshire. 2 vols. Edinburgh: The Commission, 1956: 2.279.