The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
What is this world but only vanity
A warning against the uncertainties of this world — one stanza rhyme
Subjects: transitoriness, of world
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21619)
, ff. 115v
What is this worlde but oonly vanyte
Who trustith fortune sounest
hath a falle…
…Is to thynk on welth þat is gon and past
And in olde age
in mysery tobe cast
Brown, Carleton Fairchild,
Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 260.
Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500.
Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 90.