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When earth hath earth with wrong I-got
‘Erthe upon Erthe’ — nine monorhyming quatrains
Title(s): ‘Erthe upon Erthe’
Subjects: transitoriness, of world; vanity, against worldly
Versification: — four-line, monorhyme — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Holkham misc. 39, f. 438
Transcription:
Qwan erde hath erde wyth wo I gete
And erde ys in erde wyth erde I reke
And erde ys vnder erde with vyrmys I frete
þan chal erde on erde sone ben for ȝete
Note: four first lines
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25478, ff. 3-3v
First Lines:
Whanne eorthe hath eorthe wiþ wrong igete
And eorthe in eorthe beginneþ to alete…
Last Lines:
…Wyte eorthe from eorthe þat ne be furloren
& bringe eorthe to þat eorthe þer beþ his icoren
Editions:
Murray, Hilda M. R., ed. The Middle English Poem Erthe upon Erthe, printed from 24 manuscripts. EETS o.s. 141 (1911); repr. 1964: 42-5.
3.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office , Public Record Office E 175/11/16
Note: Hamer (1995) lists as Unidentified, Missing, or Destroyed, but recently located by Dr. Jessica Nelson, Medieval Records Specialist at the National Archives (Nancy Pope, personal communication, February 27, 2017).
Editions:
Murray, Hilda M. R., ed. The Middle English Poem Erthe upon Erthe, printed from 24 manuscripts. EETS o.s. 141 (1911); repr. 1964: 42 seq.
4.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M957 [olim Netherby, Sir F. Graham, Sotheby’s 12 Dec. 1966, also 10 Jul. 1972, lot 22], f. 126
First Lines:
What haþ erþe vpon erþe [ ]
Whan erþe vpon erþe [ ]
And erþe in to erþe [ ]…
Last Lines:
…þan erþe [ ]
Whan [ ]
And [ ]
A [ ]…
Note: Begins imperfectly; at least eleven lines.