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In earth there is a little thing
Sir Peny — in 6-line stanzas
Note: Compare 4361, 4496, and 3209; and a sixteenth-century poem of seven 8-line stanzas in Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2253, ed. Craigie (1919), 1.399; also in Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], & Dalrymple (1770), 193-5; Sibbald (1802), 3.207, etc.
Title(s): Sir Peny
Subjects: money, use of
Versification: — six-line — aabccb, aabaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 174/95, pp. 484-486
First Lines:
In erth there ys a lityll thyng
That reynes as a grete kyng…
Last Lines:
…Wretyn al without the boke
Ryght on this wyse
Note: 93 lines in 6-line stanzas, aabccb.
Attributed Title: Explicit de dynario Johanne magistro (p. 486)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.108-10.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.161-7.
Coulton, George Gordon. Social Life in Britain from the Conquest to the Reformation. Cambridge: at the UP, 1914: 367-70.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 50vb-51rb
First Lines:
In erth it es a litill thing
and regnes als a riche king…
Last Lines:
…þat we may haue his blis to mede
euer with owten end
Note: 123 lines.
Attributed Title: Incipit narracio de duo denario (by scribe, in space above first line, f. 50vb)
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Pieces of Ancient Popular Poetry. London: Clarke, 1791; 2nd ed. 1833: 103-8.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Latin Poems Commonly Attributed to Walter Mapes. Camden Society o.s. 16 (1841): 359.
Fitzgibbon, Henry Macaulay. Early English and Scottish Poetry. London, New York, and Melbourne: White, 1888: 13-14.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 51-5.