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On folly was my silver laid
On youth and old age — 23 lines in 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Subjects: mutability
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 4407 (19)g
First Lines:
…On folie was myn silwyr leyd
And folileke it betaght
of fele men I had bred
þat we ben sundir saghte…
Last Lines:
…God wot schrewe þe more
At bissop þe coke ner was mi bed…
Note: Begins ln. 3 of first stanza; ends incomplete with first line of 4th stanza.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William. “‘Elegy on the Death of King Edward I’ from a New MS.” Modern Language Review 7 (1912): 149-52: 151 (lines 7-14 only).
Smithers, G. V. “Fragment of A Lost Middle English Lyric.” Notes and Queries n.s. 34 [232] (1987): 453-6: 453-6.