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IMEV 1982
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Lord what is this world weal
On the evils of the times and practical advice for amendment — twelve 8-line stanzas or twenty-two cross-rhymed quatrains
Title(s): ‘Gode rule ys out of remembrauns’
Subjects: evils of the time; precepts; advice; transitoriness, of world; poverty; money, use of
Versification: — four-line, eight-line — abab, ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 36 (SC 14530), ff. 2v-3v
First Lines:
LOrd what is thys world wele
Rychesse reule and rych aray …
Last Lines:
…þis wolde seruice you both and me
To be ensample of good gouernaunce
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 263-6.
Cords, Rose. “Fünf mittelenglische Gedichte aus den Handschrifts Rawlinson Poetry 36 und Rawlinson C.86.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 135 (1916): 292-302: 294-6.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 5396, ff. 290-291v
Note: 11 stanzas.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.73-5.
3.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, f. 2v
Transcription:
Man be auised or [th]ou begyne
That thow haue no nede for to pleyne
And loke what a state þou standyst in
ffor pouerte is a ful priuy peyn

ffor what thynge ys to a man more greuous
then sodeynly from man hod to fall
In pride ys lytyll gouernans sympyll gouernans
There as pouerte ys steward of halle
Note: Two quatrains, second half of stanza 4 followed by second half of stanza 2.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “Pieces from Manuscripts, No. II.” Notes and Queries 4th ser. 2 (1868): 125: 125.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 60577 [Winchester Anthology], ff. 65v-66v
First Lines:
A lorde what ys thys worldes wele
Rychesse revell or grete araye…
Last Lines:
…That ȝe may haue some stuffe in store
with Inne your berne when ȝe haue sowe
Note: Omits lines 89-96.
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: no. 131.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 21499. Certaine Worthye Manuscript Poems of Great Antiquitie, ed. J. S[tow?], R. Robinson f. R. D[exter], 1597 , sigs. F.5-F.6v
Note: 71 lines, not divided into stanza.
Attributed Title: The Way to Thrift (sig. F.5)
Editions:
Gibbs, Henry Hucks, ed. The Hystorie of the Moste Noble Knight Plasidas and other rare Pieces, from the Pepysian Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Roxburghe Club. 96. London: J. B. Nichols and Sons, 1873: 173-5.