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DIMEV 6469
IMEV 4049.6
NIMEV 4049.6
When thou least weens veniet mors te superare
On the inevitability of death — one macaronic couplet, or quatrain rhyming abab
Note: Same as a portion of 4880, and same as first lines of London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology] version of 4880.
Subjects: death
Versification: — two-line — aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049
Note: Preceding 2625; cf. 5100.
Editions:
Brunner, Karl. “Mittelenglische Todesgedichte.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 167 (1935): 20-35: 30.
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 213.
2.Source: York, York Minster Library XVI.K.6 [formerly XVI.G.5], f. 26v
Transcription:
Wen tho lest wenis veniet mors to superare
Thus þi graue grenis ergo mortis memorare