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Be thee lief other be thee loath
Life is transitory — three couplets
Subjects: transitoriness, of life; human life, transitory nature of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.32, f. 21rb
Transcription:
Be þe lef oþer be þe loþ
þis worldes wele al agoþ
Vnder night and vnder day
Þine daies fluten a way
þise beþ tueye þinges stronge
þat euer ich man heldeþ in honde
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.160.