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DIMEV 790
IMEV 484.5
NIMEV TM 250
Before thou pretend any evil in thy heart
Remember the end, ‘quod Carter’ — one couplet
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 250.
Subjects: advice, moral; death, approach of; mortality
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 54v
Transcription:
Be fore thou pretend any will in thyn harte
Remembre the end when thou shalt departe
Note: Added to left margin sideways, bottom to top, by same hand as 4146, 4957, 5226, 4897; but not same hand as 3010, 5708, 4131 in same MS; elsewhere author identified as Thomas Carter.
Attributed Author: quod Carter (f. 54v)
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 181.