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The soul asks right as written is in story
A paraphrase of the Latin poem Cur mundus militat — eleven quatrains
Note: For another version see 6670.
Title(s): Cur mundus militat
Subjects: paraphrases; transitoriness, of world
Versification: — four-line — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.4.41, ff. 147rb-147vb
First Lines:
þe saule haskis ryȝt as wrytin is in storie
Cur wil þis werde be knyȝt vnder þe kengis veynglore…
Last Lines:
…þe Rymis of πe Werte aray I hold my beheste
old buystis & nouȝt gay þat is sen of my creste
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 18-19.