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Sith in waste nature no thing makes [Sen in waist natur na thinge mais]
Verses advocating that everyone should labor — four couplets
Subjects: precepts
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.5, Part VI, f. 5
First Lines:
Sen in waist natur na thinge mais
and gud fore labor all men hais…
Last Lines:
…Thar was neuer man fore na honour
That may excus hyme fra lawbor
Editions:
Stevenson, Joseph. The Scottish Metrical Romance of Lancelot du Lak. Maitland Club 48. Edinburgh, 1839: 172.
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. Ratis Raving, and other Moral and Religious Pieces in prose and verse. EETS o.s. 43 (1870); repr. 1973: 11.
Girvan, Ritchie, ed. Ratis raving, and other early Scots poems on morals. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 11. Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1939: 176.