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This worldly joy is only fantasy
Leaulte vault Richesse,’ on the Instability of Worldly Joy — one eight-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Title(s): Leaulte vault Richesse
Subjects: transitoriness, of world
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 24 (SC 3354), f. 138
First Lines:
This warldly Ioy Is onely fantasy
of quhich non erdly wicht can be content…
Last Lines:
…Presume nocht gevin þat god has some bot lent
Within schort tyme the quhiche he thinkis to name
Facsimiles:
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards, eds. Chaucer, Works. Bodleian Library MS Arch Selden B.24: Facsimile Edition. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1995.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 1.47.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 260.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 56v
First Lines:
The warldlie Ioy is onlie fantesie
Quhair of na eirdlie wicht can be content…
Last Lines:
…Preswme not gevin þat god hes to þe lent
Within short tyme þe quhilk he thinkis to craiff
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 292
First Lines:
This wardlie Ioy is onlie fantasie
Quhairof no eirthlie wycht can be content…
Last Lines:
…Preswme not gevin þat god hes to þe lent
Within schort tyme þe quhilk he thinkis to craif
Editions:
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 243.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Maitland Folio Manuscript, Containing Poems by Sir Richard Maitland, Dunbar, Douglas, Henryson, and others. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 7 (1919), 20 (1927); Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1919, 1927: 1.341.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 74v
First Lines:
This warldis ioy is only bot fantesy
off quhilk non erdly wicht can be content…
Last Lines:
…presome nocht gevin That god hes done bot lent
Within schort tyme the quhilk he thinkis to craue
Note: Nineteenth-century transcript by Kennedy is Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.IV.27, unnumbered loose leaf.
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 202.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 2.183.