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All it is phantom that we with fare
All is Phantom — four lines aaaa
Note: Apparently the basis of 338.
Subjects: transitoriness of world
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.5, f. iiiv
Transcription:
Al it is famtom þat we mid fare
Naked and poure henne we shul fare
Al shal ben oþer mannes þat we fore care
But þat we don for godes loue haue we no mare
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.20.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 56.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 58.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 229, f. 125
Transcription:
Al was oþir mens þat we hit fare
Al sal be oþir mens þat we forkare
Poure and nakit sol we hen fare
Þat we do for godis loue sol we haue and nan mare
Editions:
Newhauser, Richard. “A Middle English Poem on the Fleeting Nature of Material Wealth.” Medium Aevum 71 (2002): 74-81: 74.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 8151, f. 200v3
Transcription:
All hyt is fantome þat we wiþe fare
Ande for oþere mennes goode is all oure care
Alle come we hyder nakude & bare
Whenne we heþene passe is þere no mare
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Queene Elizabethes Achademy, etc. EETS e.s. 8 (1869); repr. 1973: 85.
4.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 B.XVII, f. 2v3
Transcription:
Al hit is fantome þat we wit fare
And for other mennus gode is al þat we care
Alle come we hider naked & bare
When we…hen passen is þer no mar…
Note: Damage to manuscript.