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O worldly folk averteth and take heed
John Lucas, a ‘ballad’ — four stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Also occurs as stanzas 5-8 of 4905.
Author(s): John Lucas
Subjects: advice, spiritual
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 322 (SC 21896), f. 20ra-b
First Lines:
O worldely folke auerteth and take hede
What vengeaunce and punycioun…
Last Lines:
…O cryste Ihesu so brynge vs to that glory
Whyche by thy dethe had the victory
Attributed Author: Iohn Lucas (f. 20ra)
Attributed Title: Theyse balades that thus ben wryten here be take owte of the book of Iohn Lucas and sayde to the peple that shall see thys lytell tretyse in tyme to come (f. 20ra).
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.656-57.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 1706, f. 19v
Editions:
Wager, Willis J. “Two Poems from the ‘Booke of John Lucas.’” Philological Quarterly 15 (1936): 377-83: (extract).
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.45, f. 13v
First Lines:
O Worldly folke auertith and take hede
What vengeaunce and what punicyon…
Last Lines:
…o Cryst Ihesu so bryng vs to þat glorye
Whiche be dethe haddest the victory