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The law of God be to thee thy rest
Exhortation to forsake the world — one 12-line stanza (abababababab)
Subjects: devotional verse; transitoriness, of world
Versification: — twelve-line — abababababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37788, f. 87v
First Lines:
The law of god be to þe thy rest
The flesh þy sacrifice þe world exile …
Last Lines:
…Haue do gayton fle to this fest
For here In of al wynnyng lyth crosse & pile
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 291.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 157.