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Religious people lieven in holiness
On the Evils of the Age — seven 7-line stanzas (ababbcc) with refrain
Subjects: evils of the age; impossibilities
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. b.4, f. 1v
First Lines:
[R]eligious pepille leuyn in holynesse
ermabli with owte transmutacoun…
Last Lines:
…Ner the wisdomes all we were in þe mire
And perfit stablenesse of suche as were a tire
Editions:
Lobel, E. “Notes and News.” Bodleian Quarterly Record 3 (1920-22): 219-24: 220 (first stanza only).
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The World Upside Down: A Middle English Amphibole.” Anglia 72 (1954): 385-9: 386-7.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 150-2.