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IMEV 4033
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When the feet coldeth
Signs of death — fourteen to twenty-two lines in couplets.
Note: For other versions, see 2377, 6383, 6437, 6447, 6462, and see Robbins (1970).
Subjects: death, signs of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 7v
First Lines:
Whanne þe ffet coldetȝ
and þe tunge ffoldetȝ…
Last Lines:
…And of þat erer was his
Nou shal he hauen mys
Note: 14 lines.
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: 220-1; rev. ed. 249-50.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 7 E.IV, f. 335
First Lines:
Wan his fet coldet
and the tonge foldet…
Last Lines:
…Quia sic hoc cognitarent for al þe worl hus wyne
a nolden don a dedlische sene
Note: Longer version, conflated with 2377.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 760.
3.Source: Oxford, Oriel College 10, f. 126
First Lines:
Whanne his fete coldelth
And pe tonge foldeth…
Last Lines:
…In þy myrpe þenke in þis
And þou shalt neuer do amys
Editions:
Fletcher, Alan J. “A Death Lyric from the Summa predicantium, MS Oriel College 10.” Notes and Queries n.s. 24 [222] (1977): 11-12: 11.