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O woeful world deceiver of mankind
The Treachery of Fortune — four stanzas rhyme royal plus two-line closing couplet
Subjects: Fortune, complaint against
Versification: — seven-line, two-line — ababbcc, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), f. 142v
First Lines:
O wofull worlde deceyver of mankynde
Oure mortall foo we maye be ryght þe calle…
Last Lines:
…Geve god þy hert many maner wyse
Now blissed is he þis worlde þat can despise
In wele beware þe wysely
ffor fortune turneth sodenly
Note: Possibly part of prologue to Guyscard and Segismonde: title ‘Guyscard and segismonde’ (by scribe or near contemporary, top margin f. 142v), who took this to be part of prologue to 6534, and note that scribe or near contemporary wrote beginning ‘O Wofull vorlde’ at bottom f. 143, after ‘Explicit prologus’ see 6534.
Attributed Title: Guyscard and segismonde (by scribe or near contemporary, top margin f. 142v, who took this to be part of prologue to 4082, and note that scribe or near contemporary wrote beginning ‘O Wofull vorlde’ at bottom f. 143, after ‘Explicit prologus’)
Editions:
Wright, Herbert Gladstone, ed. Early English Versions of the Tales of Guiscardo and Ghismonda and Titus and Gisippus from the Decameron. EETS o.s. 205 (1937); repr. 1988: xiii (two stanzas only).