Whanne Ich Thenche Thinges Thre

Original Text: 
New College, Oxford MS 88, fol. 33r; also British Library Arundel MS 292, fol. 3v. Carleton Brown, ed., English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932): nos. 12A, 12B. Carleton Brown and Rossell Hope Robbins, The Index of Middle English Verse (New York, 1943): no. 3969. Z 2012 B86 General Reference Robarts Library.


1] Translated into modern English:
When I ponder three things
I can never be carefree.
One, that I will die.
Another, I don't know which day.
The third worries me the most:
I don't know where I will go.
Ich: I. thenche: think. Back to Line
2] mai: may (I). neure: never. Back to Line
3] sal: shall. awe: away. Back to Line
4] wilk: which. Back to Line
5] meste: most. kare: care, worry. Back to Line
6] woth: wot, know. wuder: whither. fare: go. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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