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Youth ne can not but leaden me will
Youth and Age — three couplets in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: ages of man’s life; sermons, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 40v
Transcription:
ȝungþe ne can nouth but leden me wil
Ne elde ne wilnouth techen me skil
But sum time ȝingþe beginnet a play
Þat elde ne can nouth putten away
Þerfore as sone as men ben of age
Wil is a meister & skil but a page
Attributed Title: De Carnalitate (f. 40v)
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: 12.