The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6811
IMEV 4239
NIMEV 4239
Wretched man why art thou proud
A reminder of Mortality, a tag in the Fasciculus Morum — 8 lines (abababab)
Note: Incorporated in certain MSS of ‘Erthe upon Erthe’ (1170 and 6369); cf. 6229.
Subjects: mortality; sermons, verse in
Versification: — eight-line — abababab

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 10
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 65
Wrecche mon wy artou proud
þat art of herth I maket
hydyr ne browteston no schroud
but pore þou come & naked
Wen þi soule is faren out
þi body with erthe y raked
þat body þat was so ronk and loud
of alle men is i hated
Note: Written as prose
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 237.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 76.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 228.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 12v
First Lines:
Wreche mon why artou proud
þat art of herþe I makyd
Hedyr ne browtes tou no schroude
bot pore þu come & naked…
Last Lines:
…þat body þat was so ronke & loud
of all men is I hated
Note: Written as prose
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 20
First Lines:
Wreche mon why art þou prowde
Þat art of erthe maket…
Last Lines:
…Þat body þa[t] was so ronke and loude
Of alle men is hated
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 79.
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 147.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 13va
First Lines:
Wreche man qwy art þou prowd
þat of erthe is maked…
Last Lines:
…þe body þat was so rond & loud
of alle schal be hated
6.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, ff. 20v-21
First Lines:
Wreche man why artt thou prowde
þat art of erthe I maket
Hyder in browtest þu noo shrode
but pore þu come & naked…
Last Lines:
…That body that was so ranke and loude
of all men is hated
7.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 162v
First Lines:
Wreche man whi art þow prowde
þat art of erþe makede
hyder broght þow no strowde
bote pouer and naket…
Last Lines:
…þat was so stowte & prowte
of al manne ys I hatede
Note: Written as prose
8.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV]
9.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 166rb
First Lines:
Wreche man wy art þu proud
þat art of erþe maked…
Last Lines:
…þy bodi þat was so rank & loue
of alle men he ys hatyd
Note: written as verse