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DIMEV 634
IMEV 376
NIMEV 376
As I went me for to solace / I heard a man sigh
‘The dred of deth do troble me’ — eight quatrains (aaab) with this refrain and burden: ‘Evermore wheresoeuer I be / The dred off deth do troble me’
Note: Cf. 633.
Subjects: death, fear of; carols, of mortality
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 48
First Lines:
As I went me fore to solase
I hard a mane fyght & sey a lase…
Last Lines:
…And kepe vs fro þe fendes power
ffor þan dred off deth shal not troble me
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 74-5.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 193.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 100-1.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 249; 1977, 220-1.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 137-8.