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DIMEV 5512
IMEV 3492.3
NIMEV TP 1846.5
The twelve degrees of pacience thou mayest behold here
‘The xii degrees of pacyence’ — one 8-line stanza (probably the first of twelve)
Title(s): ‘The xii degrees of pacyence’
Subjects: virtues; adversity, patience in
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 786. Here begynneth a lytyll treatyse schortely compyled and called ars moriendi that is to saye the craft for to deye for the helthe of mannes sowle, [Westminster: W. Caxton, 1491] , sigs. A.8-A.8v
First Lines:
The xii degrees of pacyence þu mayst beholde her
To euyl don to þe or aduersyte make no resistence
Do not euyl for euyl ne gyue an euyl answere…
Last Lines:
…Thanke god therfore & loke for more wyth all benyuolence
And whan thou hast no grutchyng in thyse thenne mayst thou be fayne
Note: CUL Sel.5.8.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a lytell treatyse called ars moriendi (sig. A.1/f. 1); Here begynneth a lytell treatyse shortely compyled and clled ars moriendi that is to saye the craft for to deye for the helthe of mannes soule (sig. A.2/f. 2); The xii degrees of pacyence (sig. A.7v/f. 7v); Here endeth a lytell treatyse called Ars moriendi Enprynted at London in fletestrete at the sygne of the sonne By Wynkyn de worde In the yere M.CCCC.vi (sig. A.8v/f. 8v)
Facsimiles:
Nicholson, Edward Williams Byron, ed. Ars moriendi. Facsimile of Caxton, Ars Moriendi, 1491. London: Quaritch, 1891.
Editions:
Blades, William, ed. Ars moriendi; printed by William Caxton. 1491; repr. Westminster, 1869.