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Heaven it is a rich tower
Strive to win Heaven — eight lines (abcbdbeb) or four monorhyming long lines
Subjects: advice, spiritual
Versification: — eight-line — abcbdbeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.8.1, f. 199v
Transcription:
[H]Euen it es a richȝ ture
Wele bies im þat itte may win[ne]
Of mirthes ma þan ert may think
And þa iois sal neuer [ende]
sinful man bot þu þe mend
and forsake þin wikkid sin
þu mon singge haþ wailaway
for comes þu nevermare þar I[n]
Note: Written as four long lines.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 66.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 84.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 169.