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DIMEV 5534
IMEV 3504
NIMEV 3504
The world so wide the air so remevable
A single stanza rhyme royal, occurring separately and in combinations
Note: It is the first stanza of 5533; and is often followed by 5411. Halsham’s authorship [South] is disputed by Bühler (1940).
Author(s): Halsham (?)
Subjects: mutability; complexions, four; composite poems
Versification: — seven-line — ababbbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), f. 195
First Lines:
The worlde so wide thaire so remuable
The sely man so litel of stature…
Last Lines:
…That made is of these foure thus flyttyng
May stedfast be as here in his lyving
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
South, Helen Pennock. “The Question of Halsam.” PMLA 50 (1935): 362-71: 362.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 262-3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 385-6.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, f. 244
First Lines:
Þe werlde so wyde þere so remuable
þe cely man so lytel of stature…
Last Lines:
…þat made is of þees foure þus flitting
May stedfast been as here in his livyng
Note: Together with 5411 as if a single text of two stanzas.
Attributed Author: …by Halsham Esquyr (f. 244)
Attributed Title: And filowynge begynnen two verses made in wyse of balade by Halsham Esquyr (f. 244)
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], f. 22
First Lines:
The world so wide the heyre so Removable
The cely man so litel of stature…
Last Lines:
…That made is of these foure so flittyng
May stidefast be as here in his livyng
Note: Not followed by 5411.
Attributed Title: The question of Halsam (f. 37)
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 148ra2
First Lines:
THe worlde so wyde þe ayer so RemuAble
the sely man so litle of stature…
Last Lines:
…Þat made is of þes foure þus fflettyng
May stedfaste beo as here is levynge
Note: Followed, as if part of the same poem, by 5411.
Attributed Title: Halsam Squiere Made thes ij balades (f. 148ra)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.234.
Flügel, Ewald. “Kleinere Mitteilungen aus handschriften: Maister Benet’s Christmas Game.” Anglia 14 (1892): 463-6: 463.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 7578, f. 20r4
First Lines:
The worlde so wide the eyre so remuable
The sely man so litel of stature…
Last Lines:
…That made is of thise foure thus flittynge
May stedefast be as an here in his lyuynge
6.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.A.13 [olim Bridgewater], f. iiv
First Lines:
þe worlde so wyde þayre so remuable
þe lytel man so lytel of stature…
Last Lines:
…þat made is of þoes foure þis flitting
May stidfast beo as here in his living
Note: Fragment: stanza 23 only.
7.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 144 [olim Huth 7], f. 145v
First Lines:
The worlde so wyde the ayre so remeuable
The sely man so lytel of stature…
Last Lines:
…That made is of these foure thus flyttyng
Maye endure stable and perseuere in abydyng
Note: One stanza only; immediately follows 2729, and followed by 5411, as if part of same text.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “Chaucer and Lydgate Fragments.” Notes and Queries 5th ser. 9 (1878): 342-3: 343.
Bühler, Kurt. “Lydgate’s Horse, Sheep and Goose and Huntington MS HM 144.” Modern Language Notes 55 (1940): 563-69: 567.
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library R.B. 82241 (STC 3175), sig. H.3v
First Lines:
The world so wyde & the ayre so remeveable
and the syllie man so lyttell of his stature…
Last Lines:
…The watter neuer in on abydynge
How can man made of thes iiij slethinge
Be stedfast alwaye in his lyvinge
Note: One seven-line stanza only, rhyming ababccc, added by a hand of first half of the sixteenth century.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “Chaucer and Lydgate Fragments.” Notes and Queries 5th ser. 9 (1878): 342-3: 343.
Bühler, Kurt. “Lydgate’s Horse, Sheep and Goose and Huntington MS HM 144.” Modern Language Notes 55 (1940): 563-69: 567.