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Before that any creature was wrought / Or ere any beginning was of ought
Speculum huius vite (an abridged and altered text of the Pricke of Conscience) — in couplets
Note: For MSS of the Pricke of Conscience see 1953, 5398, 5399.
Title(s): Speculum huius vite ; Pricke of Conscience
Subjects: treatises, devotional
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. A.268 (SC 29387), ff. 117ra-139rb
First Lines:
Be fore þat any creature wos wroȝt
Or er any begynnyng wos of oȝt
And be fore all tymes we sal trowe
þe same god wos þat is now…
Last Lines:
…To þe quych ioy he vs bryng
þat made heuen & erth & all thyng
Note: There are Latin quotations and subtitles inserted in the text of the poem. Glosses in the margins identify references in the text; arabic numbers in the margins highlight ennumerations in the text, i. e., 10 commandments on ff. 120v-121.
Attributed Title: Speculum huius vite (f. 117ra)
2.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 155, pp. 149-238
First Lines:
Byfore þat any creature was wrouȝt
or er any bygynnyng was of ouȝt…
Last Lines:
…[ ] wiþ fure & vermynne
[ ] & verrne [ ] it
Note: Ends imperfectly due to lost folios at end of volume.
Attributed Title: Speculum huius vite (p. 149)