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How shall a man in peace abide
W. Hichecoke, ‘This Worlde is but a Vanyte’ — twenty-five couplets
Author(s): W. Hichecoke
Title(s): ‘This Worlde is but a Vanyte’
Subjects: transitoriness, of world; precepts
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 11307, ff. 120-120v
First Lines:
How schal a mann best in pes abide?
Hy hart and enuy set aside…
Last Lines:
…Eche man wel be holde his degre
ffor this worlde is but a vanyte
Note: Text is a nineteenth-century copy.
Attributed Author: W Hichecoke (f. 126v)
Attributed Title: This World is but a Vanity (f. 120); Of three poems copied from another MS (title tage, f. 1, nineteenth-century hand)
2.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 183 [olim Hawkins], f. 3vb
First Lines:
How schal a mann best in pes abide
Hy hart and enuy set aside…
Last Lines:
…Eche man wel beholde his degre
ffor this worlde is but a vanyte
Note: Repeated on 4ra and again on 4rb by later hands.
Attributed Title: Quod Hichecoke (f. 3vb)
Editions:
Bowers, Robert Hood. “Hichecoke’s ‘This World is But a Vanyte’ (M 183).” Modern Language Notes 67 (1952): 331-3: 332-3.