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DIMEV 3168
IMEV 1936
NIMEV 1936
Long will be water in a well to keach
On the folly of heaping up riches — three stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: money
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 78v1
First Lines:
LOng wilbe water in a welle to keche
A vessell made of yerdis that wil nat holde…
Last Lines:
…To gadre Riches hym to supporte and vpholde
In age whan he wexith fieble and holde
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 288.