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The unware woe that cometh on gladness
The transitoriness of worldly prosperity — two stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: transitoriness, of world
Versification: — seven-line — ababacc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 67
First Lines:
The vnware woo that cometh on gladnesse
ys vnto hertys passyng encomberouse
And who hathe felte hys part of wylfulnesse
Sorow sewyng on ys to hym odiouse…
Last Lines:
…By wofull constreynt of long contynuaunce
Bettyr ys to dy then lyue in suche pennaunce
Note: Copied on f. 67 and then marked ‘vacat’ by the scribe. Appears again on f. 179 (see below).
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 50.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 179
First Lines:
The vnware woo that cometh in gladnesse
ys vnto hertys passyng encomberous
And who hath felte hys part of wylfulnesse
Sorow sewyng on ys to hym odious…
Last Lines:
…By wofull constreynt of long contynuaunce
Bettyr ys to dy then lyue in suche penaunce
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Person, Henry Axel. Cambridge Middle English Lyrics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1953; rev. ed. 1962: 50.