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IMEV 4035
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When thine head quaketh memento
Signs of Death — 8 or 12 macaronic lines in couplets
Note: Cf. 6443
Subjects: death, signs of
Versification: — two-line — aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 407 (SC 10234), f. 35v
First Lines:
Whan þi hed quakyth Memento
Whan þi lyppys blakyth Confessio…
Last Lines:
…Whan þi eyne fylmyn libera me domine
Whan deth folwyth venite ad iudicem
Note: 8 lines (approximately monorhyming)
Editions:
Louis, Cameron, ed. The Commonplace Book of Robert Reynes of Acle: an edition of Tanner MS 407. New York: Garland, 1980: 245.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.35, Part I, f. 24
First Lines:
Whan thy hed quakes memento
when they thy leppes blakes conffessio
whan they breyt pantys contrecio
whan they weynde wantys satisfaxio
Last Lines:
…Whan they eyen holowyt nesse te ipsum
ffor than deth folwes vene ad Iudecium
Note: 8-line version
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 19-20.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, f. 43v
First Lines:
When þi hed whaketh memento
When þi lippys blaken confessio
Last Lines:
…When þine een holoen nosce teipsum
ffor then the deth folowes veni ad iudicium
Attributed Title: Memento homo (f. 43v)
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 19-20.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 100.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Queen’s College Horne 25 (13), f. 64
First Lines:
When thy hede quakyth momento
Then thy lyppys blakyth confessio
Last Lines:
…When thy nyen hollyth libera me domine
Then deth folowyth veni ad Iudicium
Note: Follows 1161
Attributed Title: Memorare Nouissima & iueteruum non peccavis Ecc. 7o (f. 64)
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts in the Library of Clare College, Cambridge. Cambridge: at the UP, 1905: 15.
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 19-20.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 82.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Signs of Death in Middle English.” Mediaeval Studies 32 (1970): 282-98: 293.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157), f. 72
First Lines:
Whan thyne heed shaketh memento
Whan thi lippes quakyth Confessio
Last Lines:
…Whan thi eighen holoweth libera me amen
Than deth foloweth venite ad iudicium
Note: 8-line version
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 19-20.
6.Source: London, British Library Egerton 833, f. 10v
7.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 C.XII, f. 1v3
First Lines:
When thy hede qwakes memento
When þi lippes blakes confeccio…
Last Lines:
…When þi Eyen holowyth nosso te ipsum
ffor þen dethe folowythe nota Iudicum
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 747, f. 49v
9.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 29, f. 3
First Lines:
When þi hede quakes Memento
And þy lippis Blakes Confessio
Last Lines:
…When þyn eyȝen holeweth Noste te ipsum
ffor þan deth foleweth veni ad Iudicum
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Signs of Death in Middle English.” Mediaeval Studies 32 (1970): 282-98: 293.