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DIMEV 599
IMEV 346
NIMEV TM 182
As I fared through a forest free / There birds song from year to year
On the transitoriness of worldly fortune — seven 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Welfare hath no sikernes’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 182.
Subjects: advice, moral; transitoriness, of world; birds, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 431-432
First Lines:
As I fared thorow a forest free
Ther byrdis song from yere to yere…
Last Lines:
…To blis God bryng vs at owr last day
For welfare hath no sikernes
Explicit
Note: A first attempt at the top of p. 430 omits some lines and is marked for deletion with a large “X” struck through the lines.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 207-8.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 88-9.