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The life of this world
On the Vanity of this World — twelve unrhymed short lines
Subjects: vanity, against worldly
Versification: — twelve-line — irregular



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322, f. 136v
Transcription:
Þe lif of þis world
Ys Reuled wiþ wynd
Wepinge derknesse ad steriynge
Wiþ wind we blowen
Wiþ wind we lassun
Wiþ weopinge we comen
Wiþ steringe we byginnen
Wiþ steringe we enden
Wiþ drede we dwellen
Wiþ drede we wenden
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 227.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 170.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 200-1.