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The fleshes lust may thou not alive better quench
A tag in the Fasciculus morum — one couplet translating ‘Non aliter poterit melius caro viva domari/ Mortua qualis erit quam semper premeditari’ which precedes it
Subjects: sermons, verse in; mortality; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 10
Transcription:
the fflesch lust may þu not on lyue better qwench
but after þi deth what þu art euermore thench
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 13
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 65v
Transcription:
þe flesches lust may þou noht on lyue beter quenche
bot after þi deth woth þou beȝ euer more þonche
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 20v
Transcription:
Þe flesches lust may þou nouȝt o lyue bettur quenche
Bote aftur þy deth which þou beȝ euer more be þenche
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 148.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 20
Transcription:
þi flech lust may þu nogth better quenk
þan of þi dede euer more thenk
6.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 44v
Transcription:
þi fleschly lust may þu no better wenche
bot eftyr þi dede day ay for to thenche
Note: Written as prose.
7.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 21
Transcription:
Thy fflesly lustes may þu not on lyve better qwenche
Then after thy dethe wyche thou best euermore to thenche
8.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 163ra
Transcription:
þe fluschly luste may þow nocht only bett qwenche
Bot of þi dede þu euermore to þenke
Note: Written as prose.
9.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 166va
Transcription:
þe flesches lust may þu noȝt on lyue [‘ouer’ expunged] beter quenche
Bot after þy day weche þone be euer more þench
Note: Written as prose.
10.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 9