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When the turf is thy tower
Lines on Mortality — three couplets
Subjects: mortality
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), f. 47v
Transcription:
Wen þe turuf is þi tuur
and þi put is þi bour
þi wel and þi witte þrote
ssulen wormes to note
Wat helpit þe þenne
al þe worilde wnne
Note: Prefaced by Latin original, ‘Cum sit gleba tibi turris…’.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 54.
Dickins, Bruce, and Richard M. Wilson. Early Middle English Texts. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1951: 127.
Peter, John Desmond. Complaint and Satire in Early English Literature. Oxford: Clarendon, 1956: 73.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 12.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, and G. V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 135.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 82.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 79.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 21.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 223.