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DIMEV 5941
NIMEV 3730.55
Thy life it is a law of death
A translation of Latin death lyrics, ‘Vita qua vivis lex mortis iudicii vis / Vita otata rosis brevis est mala plena dolosis’ in a sermon exemplum — one quatrain (abcb)
Subjects: sermons, verse in; death; translations
Versification: — four-line — abcb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 180 (SC 3635) , f. 181
Transcription:
Thy lyfe it is a law of dethe
A strengthe of dome the to begyle
Ffygurde be these rosis redd
It is full ivill and lastythe but a whyle
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Fletcher, Alan J. “Death Lyrics from Two Fifteenth-Century Sermon Manuscripts.” Notes and Queries n.s. 23 [221] (1976): 341-2: 342.