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O vanity of vanities and all is vanity
‘Vanyte’ — eleven stanzas rhyme royal
Title(s): ‘Vanyte’
Subjects: Fortune, Wheel of; vanity, against worldly
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 156v-157
First Lines:
O vanyte off vanites & All is vanite
Lo how þis werld is turnyd vp & downe
Now wele now wo now tranquilyte
Now werre now pese & now rebilyoun…
Last Lines:
…Bot labour in pouerte to þe tyme þat we dyȝe
ȝit is not labour not bot vanyt
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 238-40.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 399-401; 587-901; 627.