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Wake man sleep not rise up and think that earth thou art
Admonition to prepare for death — four long quatrains and couplet introduction; five lines interpolated
Subjects: death, approach of; mortality
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaaa, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 733 (SC 1129), inner front cover
First Lines:
Wake man slepe not rise vp and thynk þat erth thou art
And that erth thou shal be whan the hath cayht deth smart…
Last Lines:
…In harte he meke and contrite and than thou shall play
In Blys with hym that of a Mayde was born this day
Note: Introductory couplet: ‘In my bed liyng on cristis day half slepyng / Sighhis woundrous havyng A voice I hard thus spekyng.’
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 245-6.