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Weak and wretched thou art in sight
The Ten Ages of Man’s Life — ten couplets
Subjects: ages of man’s life
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 163v
First Lines:
waich & wreschede þou art in sith
of alle maner beste lest is ti mith…
Last Lines:
…Of þi lif nou litil lete
for þou art tornid to wormis mete
Note: Written as prose, inserted into Latin with Latin text separating couplets and all preceded by a macaronic on three measures of man’s life, “Vita hominis declarit in10 horis 10 dictis 10 radiis—In—ten times of þe day ten stappes of oure wey ten spokes þat tornen ay.”
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 239; rev. ed. 267.