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This world is false I dare well say
A song of the brevity of man’s life — eight quatrains (aaab) each ending with a Latin line, and Nowell burden
Subjects: carols, of Doomsday; transitoriness, of life
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259), ff. 10v-11
First Lines:
Þis wrod is falce I dare wyll say
& man xall fade as dose hay…
Last Lines:
…þat we may sey at ȝoure last end
Laue sumus regule
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes, and G. C. Macaulay, eds. “Fifteenth Century Carols and Other Pieces.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 68-87: 82.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 246; 1977, 218.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 136.