The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
O vanity of vanities and all is vanity
‘Vanyte’ — eleven stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: Fortune, Wheel of; vanity, against worldly
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*)
, ff. 156v
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…
…Bot labour in pouerte to þe tyme þat we
ȝit is not labour not bot vanyt
Brown, Carleton Fairchild,
Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 238-40.
Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse.
Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 399-401; 587-901; 627.