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Lift up the eyes of your advertence
John Lydgate, ‘Thoroughfare of Woe’ — twenty-four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including envoy and refrain, ‘Howe þis worlde is a thorughfare ful of woo’
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Thoroughfare of Woe’
Subjects: mutability; envoys; transitoriness, of world
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 26-32
First Lines:
Lyfft vp þe eyeghen of youre aduertence
Yee þat beon blynde with worldely vanyte…
Last Lines:
…Declared truwly and list not for to feyne
Howe þis worlde is a thorughfare ful of woo
Attributed Author: made by Lidegate (p. 25; RT)
Attributed Title: And here filowing begynneþe a balade of goode counseyle made by Lydegate daune Johan looke and reede (p. 25); Balade ful comendable made by Lidegate (RT)
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 246v-249v
First Lines:
Lyft vp the Ieen of your aduertence
Ye that beth blynde with worldly vanyte…
Last Lines:
…Declared triewly and list nat for to seyne
How this world is a thurghfare ful of woo
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 122-8.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 822-8.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 151v-154
First Lines:
Lyffte vpþe eyeghen of your aduertence
yee that bene blynde with worldely vanyte…
Last Lines:
…declared truly and lyst not for to feyne
how this world is a thoroughfare full of woo
Note: Ends ‘fine’ (f. 154).
Attributed Author: lidgate daune Iohn (f. 151v)
Attributed Title: And here foloweth a balade of good counsayle made by lidgate daune Iohn looke and Rede (f. 151v)
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], ff. 47-49
First Lines:
Lyfte vp the eeye of your aduertence
yee that be blyndede with worldes worldly vanytee…
Last Lines:
A playne myrrour how thys world cane varye
And ys appelyde a thorowefare full of woo
Attributed Author: Dan John Lyddegate Monke of Bury (f. 49)
Facsimiles:
Wilson, Edward. “Introduction.” The Winchester Anthology. A Facsimile of British Library Additional Manuscript 60577. With an account of the music by Iain Fenlon. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1981.