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DIMEV 6634
NIMEV 4144.55
Whoso thought of his birth
To think of one’s birth points us to death — one quatrain translating ‘Si quis sentiret
quo tendit et vnde veniret…’
which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Note: Cf. Walther (1963), no.17947; Walther (1963), no. 29074.
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: death; translations
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 98
Transcription:
Woso þouthte of his birthe
& wider he sal wende
He sulde neuere maken mirthe
But sorwe withouten ende
Attributed Title: De Ocupacione (f. 98)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 30.