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DIMEV 270
IMEV 145
NIMEV 145
Alas deceit that in trust is now
On Deceit — one 8-line stanza
Note: Cf. 1108
Subjects: deceit, on; evils of the times
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), f. 238v
Transcription:
[A]llas diceyte þat in truste ys nowe
[ ]uble as fortune turnyng as a balle
[ ]etylle at assay lyke þe rotyn bowe
Who trustith to trust is redy for to falle
[ ]uche gyle ys in trust all most ouer alle
[ ]at yn poynte a man no frende fynde shalle
Þerfore be ware of trust after my devise
[T]rust to þi selfe and lerne to be wyse
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 100.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 161.