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This world is born up by estates seven
?John Lydgate, ‘A Pageant of Knowledge’ — thirty-nine rhyme royal and eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Note: Stanzas 3-7 appear separately in other MSS as 939; stanzas 23 to end appear separately in other MSS as 5533.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: estates literature
Versification: — eight-line, seven-line — ababbcbc, ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 287va-289vb
First Lines:
thys world ys born vp by astates seuyn
Prynce ordeynyd to susteyn ryght
Prestes to pray þe lustyces to deme euyn
Marchauntes in sellyng to do trouþe in weyght…
Last Lines:
…And er þu passe hens remyssion finall
Towarde þe lyfe where ioy ys euerlastyng
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 724-34.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5089. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Mars and Venus, J. Notarii, [1500?]
Note: Stanzas 8-36 only.