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When earth hath earth I-won with woe
‘Erthe upon Erthe’ (A version) — seven 6-line stanzas (aaaabb)
Note: For a variant of this version see 1167; for the B version see 1170 and 6369; for the C version see 1171. See also 6293.
Title(s): ‘Erthe upon Erthe’ (A version)
Subjects: transitoriness, of world; vanity, against worldly
Versification: — six-line — aaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 913, ff. 62-63v
First Lines:
Whan erþ haþ erþ iwonne wiþ wow
þan erþ nim hir inow…
Last Lines:
…for he is king of blis and mon of moch mede
þat deliþ þe dai fram niȝt and leuiþ lif and dede
Editions:
Heuser, Wilhelm. Die Kildare-Gedichte… Bonner Beiträge zur Anglistik 14. Bonn: P. Hanstein, 1904: 179-80.
Murray, Hilda M. R., ed. The Middle English Poem Erthe upon Erthe, printed from 24 manuscripts. EETS o.s. 141 (1911); repr. 1964: 1-4.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.216-18.
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 150-2.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, f. 59v
First Lines:
Erþe toc of erþe erþe wyþ woh
Erþe oþer erþe to þe erþe droh
Erþe leyde erþe in erþene þroh
þo heuede erþe of erþe erþe ynoh
Note: Four lines only
Editions:
Heuser, Wilhelm. Die Kildare-Gedichte… Bonner Beiträge zur Anglistik 14. Bonn: P. Hanstein, 1904: 179-80.
Murray, Hilda M. R., ed. The Middle English Poem Erthe upon Erthe, printed from 24 manuscripts. EETS o.s. 141 (1911); repr. 1964: 1-4.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs from the Time of King Henry the Third to the Revolution. London, 1790. Further editions as Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 13.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 216.
Förster, Max. “Die älteste Fassung des mittelenglishce Gedichtes Earth Upon Earth.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 138 (1919): 39-61: 61.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 132.
Brook, George Leslie. The Harley Lyrics. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1948; rev. ed. 1956; 3rd ed. 1964: 29.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin-Charlottenburg: E. Schütt, 1954: 241.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 286.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 37.
Haskell, Ann Sullivan, ed. A Middle English Anthology. Garden City, NY: Anchor, 1969; 2nd ed. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1985: 352.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 554.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 230.
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 91.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 4, no. 24b.