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This world is full of stableness
John Lydgate, ‘Riȝt as the crabbe goth forward’ — seven eight-line stanzas with this refrain (Envoy included)
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: satires; envoys
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), f. 189: see 6698.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 190-190v
First Lines:
This worlde is ful of stablenesse
Ther is þer inne no variaunce…
Last Lines:
…þe heuenly signe maketh demonstraunce
Right as þe Crab goth forewarde
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ þe Tretis of þe Crabbe (f. 190), Hererendeth þe tresi of þe Crabbe And begynneþ a tretis of þe rammeshorne (at the end)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 50-52
First Lines:
Þis worlde is ful of stabulnesse
þer is þer Inne no varyaunce
But trouthe feyth and gentylesse
Secrenesse and assuraqunce…
Last Lines:
…Howe þat þe Crabbe gooþe bakward
Þe hevenly signe makeþe demonstraunce
Attributed Author: Takeþe heede my lordes for here foloweþe a balade of þe same sentence made in oure englisshe langage by daun Iohan Lidegate of Bury þe Munke noue Iugeþe yee þat beoþe kunyng which yowe lykeþe þe beter þe ffrensh or þenglissh (p. 50)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 465-7 (with a French version).
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 39-39v
First Lines:
This world is ful of stabilnesse
There is therin no variaunce…
Last Lines:
…The heuenly signe makith demonstraunce
How worldly thynges goo forward
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 58-60.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 4011, f. 1
First Lines:
…Plente is foundyn No in gard
Scharsite is gone vn to myshaunce…
Last Lines:
…To gyue ensampull in substaunce
Riȝ;t as the crabbe goth forward
Note: Fragment only: lines 30-40.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 154-155
First Lines:
This world is full of stabellnes
ther is ther in no varyaunce…
Last Lines:
…þe heuenly signe maketh demonstraunce
how þat þe Crabbe goth bakward
Attributed Author: dane Iohn lidgate of bury þe munke (f. 154)
Attributed Title: Here foloweth a balade of made in our engelishe langage by dane Iohn lidgate of bury þe munke translated out of frenche in to engelishe (f. 154)
6.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.A.13 [olim Bridgewater], ff. 14-14v
First Lines:
This worlde is ful of stablenesse
Ther is ther ynne no veriaunce…
Last Lines:
…The heueneli signe maketh demonstraunce
Right as the Crabbe gothe forewarde
Attributed Title: A sotel resoun of the Crabbe (f. 14)