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All is but a phantom that we with fare
On the Transitoriness of the World — 94 lines in monorhyming stanzas of varying lengths
Note: Apparently an expansion of 190.
Subjects: transitoriness of world; vanity, against worldly



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 48vb-49rb
First Lines:
Al es bot a fantum þat with ffare
vs be houes ilkaday heuen make nyȝare
forto wend fra þis werld naked & bare
bot ur wendyng clathe with outen any gare…
Last Lines:
…ȝit sais Ihesu merci als he saide are
Al es bot a fantom þat we obout fare
Editions:
Hall, Joseph. “Short Pieces from MS Cotton Galba E.ix.” Englische Studien 21 (1895): 201-9: 201-4.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.457-8.