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IMEV 4038
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When the nithing is dead and lieth by the Way
On the dead miser’s goods — four lines
Subjects: death
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 33956, f. 95
Transcription:
Whan þe nyþyng is ded and lyþ by þe wowe
Comeþ aprout ȝong man and woȝeþ his loue
Drynkeþ of hys broun ale ant et of his lhoue
And singeþ for his saule gyuel goue
Editions:
Catalogue of additions to the manuscripts in the British Museum in the years MDCCCLXXXVIII-MDCCCXCIII…. [London]: the Trustees of the British Museum, 1894: 138 (with the French equivalent).
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 140.
2.Source: Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Library 154, f. 155v
Transcription:
Wane þe niþig his deyde me buriicth him cove
Comeð þe þunge strupling and wocth is loue
He drinket of his god ale an het of his lowe
An singeð for his soule giuele goue
Facsimiles:
Hargreaves, Henry. “Middle English Lyrics in an Aberdeen University Library Manuscripts.” Aberdeen University Review 43 (1969): 146-56: facing p. 50.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Catalogue of the medieval manuscripts in the University Library, Aberdeen. Cambridge: at the UP, 1932: 51.
Hargreaves, Henry. “Middle English Lyrics in an Aberdeen University Library Manuscripts.” Aberdeen University Review 43 (1969): 146-56: 148.