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Through ferly death together aren folde
On sudden death, a tag in the Fasciculus morum — two couplets translating ‘the punning speeches of the Parisian literati’ (Wenzel (1978), 171)
Subjects: sermons, verse in; death; dialogues
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 160rb
Transcription:
þorow ferly deþ to gederys arn falde
boþe yvyl lyf & yvyl deþ þat buþ cald
y rede suche lyf þu forsake
With suche deþ left þu be y take
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), ff. 38v-39
Transcription:
Thorw sodayn deth be hennes cald
Euyl lyf and euyl deth fald
Euyl lyf than we forsake
Lest euyl deth vs hen take
Note: Variant version; written as prose.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 170.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 55v
Transcription:
thurgh sodayn deth he hennes Cald
euel liff and euel deþe fals
Euyl liff þen we for sake
lest euel deþe vs henne take
Note: Written as prose, two couplets separated by Latin, ‘Et alius rundit’.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 69v
Transcription:
Þourgh ferly deth to-gedur arn fald
Bothe euel lyf & euel deth cald
I rede such lyf þou forsake
Wyth suche deth lest þou be take
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 170.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 47v
Transcription:
Thorow ferly dede to gedder ere falne
both euel lyue & yuel dede calne
I rede swylk lyue þu for sake
With swylk dede þu be take
Note: Two couplets, separated by Latin prose.
6.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 83v
Transcription:
Thorowe ferly dethe to geder arn falde
Bothe yuell lyfe and yuell dethe ycalde
I rede suche lyfe thou forsake
Wyth suche dethe lest thou be take
7.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 187va
Transcription:
þorwe ferly deþ to geder arn falde
boþ yuel lyfe and yuil y calde
8.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 74
First Lines:
Þoruȝ ferly dede to gedyr is fall
euyll lyff & euyll dede cald…
Last Lines:
…I Rede sech life be forsake
Wyth sech deyde lest þu be take
Note: Two couplets separated by Latin prose text; written as prose.
9.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 189ra
Transcription:
þorw ferly deþ to geder arn fald
y rede sich lif þow forsake
with suche deth lest þu be take
Note: 2 x 2 separated, here second line missing, written as prose.
10.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 41v