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What is this world but only vanity
A warning against the uncertainties of this world — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: transitoriness, of world
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 52 (SC 21619), ff. 115v-116
First Lines:
What is this worlde but oonly vanyte
Who trustith fortune sounest hath a falle…
Last Lines:
…Is to thynk on welth þat is gon and past
And in olde age in mysery tobe cast
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 260.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 90.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.VI, f. 1v
Note: Three lines.