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There is full little sickerness
?John Lydgate, ‘That now is hay þat sumtyme was grasse’, possibly by Lydgate — seventeen eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc), including envoy, with this refrain
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘That now is hay þat sumtyme was grasse’
Subjects: mutability; transitoriness, of life; envoys
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 141-142
First Lines:
Ther is full lytel sicurnesse
here in this worlde but transmutacioun…
Last Lines:
…Oute of þat place maye be no fall
Ther is no hey but all fressh grasse
Note: Nine stanzas only, but scribe considered finished, wrote ‘ffinis’ (f. 142)
Attributed Title: fabula (rubric, left margin, f. 141)
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 127v-129v
First Lines:
Ther is full lytell sikernes
here in this worlde but transmutacion…
Last Lines:
…owt of that place may be no fall
ther is no heye but all fresh grase
Note: Preceded by a note (f. 127v) by scribe (John Stow): ‘here begyneth a balade whych Iohn lydgate the monke of bery wrote made at þe commaundement of þe quene kateryn as in here sportes she wallkyd by the medowes that were late mowen in the monthe of Iulii’.
Attributed Author: Iohn lydgate (f. 127v); Explicit lidgat (f. 129v); finis qod lydgat of bery (f. 129v)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 809-13.