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IMEV 3219
NIMEV 3219
Strong it is to flit
The Bitterness of Death — twelve lines, mainly in couplets
Note: For closely related lines see 2377, 5009, and 6610.
Subjects: death, approach of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 172v1
First Lines:
Strong it hus to flitte
Fro worldes blisse to pitte…
Last Lines:
…þat we euer syngeden
Weylawey þe stounde
Note: Written to right of Latin prose text as if a second column, introduced by the Latin “Anglice.” Followed without break by 5216.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 242; 268 (rev. ed.).