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As I gan wander in my walking / Besides an holt…
The Hours of Man’s Life — ten 8-line stanzas with the refrain: ‘þis worlde is but a vanyte’
Title(s): The Hours of Man’s Life
Subjects: vanity, against worldly; human life, transitory nature of; transitoriness, of life
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lat. misc. e.85, ff. 81-82
First Lines:
As I wanderd in my walkyng
be syde an holt wondyr an hyll…
Last Lines:
…bot good and yll I may hue
þis world ys bot a wanite
Note: Nine 8-line stanzas.
Attributed Author: Explicit [?tautus] quod de Thomas Peny OP (f. 82); also ‘ houghton’ after title, same folio (possibly scribe)
Attributed Title: Þis world ys bot a wanite (f. 82)
2.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, ff. 61-63
Note: With an extra stanza between stanzas 1 & 2.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Early English Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. London: for the Warton Club, 1855: 9-12.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 230-3.
3.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 853, ff. 58-61
First Lines:
AS Y Gan wandre in my walkinge
Bisidis an holt vndir an hille
Y say an oolde man sitte wepinge
With siȝynge sore he seide me tille…
Last Lines:
…Þus an oold man y herde mornynge
Biside an holte vndir a tree
God graunte us his blis euerlastinge
Þis world is but a vanite
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The History of the Holy Grail by Henry Lovelich. EETS e.s. 20, 24, 28, 30, 95 (1874-8); repr. in 2 vols, 1973: 83-5.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 2.12-4.