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DIMEV 5276
IMEV 3347.5
NIMEV TP 1719
The first six years of mans birth and age
Man’s life compared to the months of the year (six years = one month), adapted from the French — twelve cross-rhymed quatrains
Note: Cf. Kalendar of Shepherdes (Sommer (1892)).
Subjects: human life, compared to months of the year; months, compared to man’s life; ages of man’s life
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Leeds, Leeds University Library Brotherton 15 [olim Braddyll; olim Ingilby], ff. 1-6v
First Lines:
The fyrst vij yeres of manys birth [a]nd [age]
May well be compared to Ianyuer
ffor in this monthe ys no strenght ne corage
More then in a childe of the age of [ ]…
Last Lines:
…Nature with age wyll hym on message sende
The tyme ys come that he must go hym selue



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 15999. The prymer with the pystles and gospels in Englysshe of euery Sonday [and] holyday in the yere, reuised [and] dilige[n]tly corrected, and ye forme of the new bedis, with diuers other thynges very necessary for yonge curates, and for all other men women and chyldren., [Imprynted at London: in Fletestrete, at the synge of the Sonne, by me Iohan Byddell, [1537?]]
2.Source: STC 15954. Hore beatissime virginis Marie ad legitimu[m] Sarisburie[n]sis Ecclesie ritum: cum quindecim orationib[us] beate Brigitte, ac multis aliis orationib[us] pulcherrimis, et indulgentiis, cum tabula aptissima iam ultimo adiectis., Vene[n]da[n]t[ur] [sic] Parisiis [Paris]: a Fra[n]cisco Regnault, [10 Oct.] 1527
First Lines:
The fyrst vj yeres of mannes byrth and aege
May well be compared to Janyuere…
Last Lines:
…Nature vvith aege vvyl hym on message sende
The tyme is come that he must go hym selue
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “‘At thy golg first eut of the house vlysse the saynge thus.’” Studies in the Renaissance 6 (1959): 223-35: 233-4.