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This world is subtle and deceivable
Dum sumus in mundo uiuamus consuetudo’ — one eight-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Title(s): Dum sumus in mundo uiuamus consuetudo
Subjects: world, untrustworthiness of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College L.1 (235), f. 119v
First Lines:
Thys world ys suttel and Dissayvabull
Laȝghyng whith a flateryng countenaunce…
Last Lines:
…Oftymes ys stryken in to the traunce
Off a soden fall bott yet ys recouere
Note: Added by a hand of the sixteenth century to originally blank space after 5248.
Attributed Title: Dum sumus in mundo uiuamus consuetudo (f. 119v)
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Jeremy Griffiths. “Introduction.” St. John’s College, Cambridge Manuscript L. 1. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1983.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.231.