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DIMEV 5156
That mans life is full unstable
On mutability, added (in manuscript) at the end of Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle in the the British Library copy only — three and a half stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; transitoriness, of earthly life; mutability; transitoriness, of world
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542]



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
First Lines:
That mannys lyffe is full vnstable
Full short & full of wrecchidnesse…
Last Lines:
…Rich pore yong & old that descendith
Naturally and myend well…
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 682-3.