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DIMEV 4959
Some fastens fast for forty year
Fragment of an ubi sunt poem in praise of Arthur, Gawain, Alexander, etc. — three quatrains
Subjects: knights, behavior of; Arthur, king; Arthurian literature; Gawain, stories of
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Boston, MA, Boston Public Library med. 94 (1521) [olim Campbell; Robinson Sale Cat. 74, 1944, No. 268 and Robinson Sale Cat. 76, 1947, No. 233], f. i
Transcription:
Sum festynnys fast for forti ȝer
Noȝt [f?]estis noȝth for x
this fundament makis for euermor
In wane vyrcis his pene
As it var endles eritagis
Þat oþer man meȝt kene
Bot oft it gays fra hym & his
Tyll oþer kynd of men
Vith ane M bot and O
Quhar is wawane þe wetht
Arthowr schort & allexander
With mekyll wek of meȝt
Note: Very faint; preceded by line, ‘how suld my febill beye feth’ and then signature (between this line and beginning, ‘Thom. Swyntoun With my hand fyny[shed]’ (f. i).