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This world foul is and cleanseth lite
On shunning greed — a tag in the Fasciculus morum, translating a Latin distich
Note: Cf. Walther (1963), no. 15467.
Subjects: sermons, verse in; greed; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 83v: not in this MS.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 69
Transcription:
Þis world vs fuleþ and clansyth lyte
Off fulþe þer yn who be quite
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 166vb
Transcription:
Thys wordle vs defylþ
& clansyth but a lyte
Of filþe þat ys þerynne
Who can hym best quyte
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 180.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 45v
Transcription:
this world vs foules & clanset lyte
of fylth þerinne who be qwyte
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 81v
Transcription:
Þis world fyle ys and clansyt lyte
Of fylþe þerinne who may be quyte
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 179.
5.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 98v
Transcription:
The worlde is fule and clensyth lyte
Off fylthe ther in whoo may be qwyte
6.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 193va
Transcription:
þis worle ys foul and clanseþ lyt
Of fulþe þerin ho may be quite
7.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 194va
Transcription:
þis worle fyle ous fulet & clanseth lyte
of fulth ther inne he may be quite
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: quod ex que deus ipse detestatur & … (f. 194va)