The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
This world is born up by estates seven
?John Lydgate, ‘A Pageant of Knowledge’ — thirty-nine rhyme
royal and eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
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
eight-line, seven-line —
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601)
, ff. 287va
thys world ys born vp by astates seuyn
Prynce ordeynyd to susteyn
Prestes to pray þe lustyces to deme euyn
sellyng to do trouþe in weyght…
…And er þu passe hens remyssion finall
lyfe where ioy ys euerlastyng
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems.
o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 724-34.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, Mars and Venus
, J. Notarii, [1500?]
Note: Stanzas 8-36 only.