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DIMEV 853.5
IMEV 550.5
NIMEV 550.5
Bird us never blithe be / When we think on things three
Recollections of mortality — six 12-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Note: First lines are a version or condensation of 1157; cf. other poems in the ‘Three Sorrowful Things’ tradition: 738.5, 2707, 5004, 5902, 5905, 5906, 6341.
Subjects: mortality; death, approach of
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 2585, Part II, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
Bird us neure bliþe be
Wen we þenk on þinges þre
Þat kna us alle of [kinde]
One it is we sal oway
A noþre we ne wit wat day
ne wider þat we sal winde…
Last Lines:
…Þen may be siker to liue
In heuen and neuer in helle
Editions:
Heffernan, Thomas J. “Four Middle English Lyrics from the Thirteenth Century.” Mediaeval Studies 43 (1981): 131-50: 142-6.