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While I was young and had courage
A song of old age — three quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and 4-line burden: ‘The beste song as hit semeth me / Peccantem me cotidie’ (repeated)
Note: For a very similar piece see 5712.
Subjects: carols, of mortality; transitoriness, of life
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 45v-46
First Lines:
While y was ȝonge & hadde carage
I wolde play with grome & page…
Last Lines:
…To thy mercy thow me restore
Saluum me fac domine
Attributed Title: ad placitum
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 276.
Patterson, Frank A. The Middle English Penitential Lyric. Columbia University Studies in English. New York: Columbia Press, 1911: 100.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 251; 1977, 222.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 103.