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NIMEV 476.22
Be thee well be thee woe
On the vanity of life — two couplets following ‘Lex et natura…’, which they translate in John Grimestone’s sermon notes
Note: Cf. Whiting (1968), M59 (not noting this example).
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: vanity, against worldly; ingratitude; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 69
Transcription:
Be þe wel be þe wo be þeself mynde
Þat þu dost quiles þu liues þat saltu fynde
Children ben rekles & wyues vnkinde
& seketourus ben fikele & taken þat he finde
Attributed Title: De Ingratitudine (f. 68v)
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: 19.