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Thee was bold I-built ere thou I-boren were
‘The Grave’ — twenty-five lines of alliterative non-rhyming verse
Title(s): ‘The Grave’
Subjects: death; debates
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 343 (SC 2406), f. 170
First Lines:
ðe wes bold ȝebyld er þu iboren were
ðe wes molde imynt er ðu of moder come…
Last Lines:
…& þe æfter lihten
for sone þu bist ladlic & lad to iseonne
[change of hand] for sone bið þin hæfet faxes bireued
al bið ðes faxes feirnes forsceden
næle hit nan mit fingres feire stracien
Note: Written as prose, the final three lines by a second, early thirteenth-century hand.
Editions:
Conybeare, John Josias. “Letters, related to Anglo-Saxon in the Exeter book.” Archaeologia 17 (1814): passim: 173-5.
Conybeare, John Josias. Illustrations of Anglo-Saxon Poetry. William Daniel Conybeare, ed. London, 1826: 270-3.
Thorpe, Benjamin. Analecta Anglo-Saxonica. London: Smith, Elder, 1834: 153-4.
Schroer, Arnold. “The Grave.” Anglia 5 (1882): 289-90: 289-90.
Rieger, Max. Alt- und Angelsächsisches Lesebuch…. Giessen: Ricker, 1861: 124-5.
Buchholz, Richard. Die Fragmente der Reden der Seele an den Leichman. Erlanger Beiträge 6. Erlangen, Leipzig: n.p., 1890: 11-12.
Conlee, John W., ed. Middle English Debate Poetry: A Critical Anthology. East Lansing, MI: Colleagues Press, 1991: 4-5.