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Earth upon earth is waxen and wrought
‘Erthe upon Erthe’, C-version — eighty-two lines
Note: For the A-version see 6292; for the B-version see 1170, 6369; for still others see 1167, 6293.
Title(s): ‘Erthe upon Erthe’
Subjects: mortality; transitoriness, of world; transitoriness, of life; death, approach of
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library 673 [olim Phillipps 18134; Quaritch Sale. Cat. 164] , f. 9: see 1170.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.4.9, ff. 67-68v
First Lines:
Erthe vpon erth is waxin and wrought
Erthe takys on erthe a nobylay of nought…
Last Lines:
…And toke erth from sorowe þue erth for to spede
The ryght wey to heuene blys Ihesu cryst vs lede
Editions:
Murray, Hilda M. R., ed. The Middle English Poem Erthe upon Erthe, printed from 24 manuscripts. EETS o.s. 141 (1911); repr. 1964: 32-4.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 A.XVI, f. 30
First Lines:
Erth opon erth is vappyd & wroght
Erth has takyn of erth anobylte o noght…
Last Lines:
…Erth wroth in erth& [as] moldwarp in mold
And yit sal erth& lang er þen he wold