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When I was poor then was I free
Riches bring sorrow — three couplets
Subjects: money
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 622 (SC 2156), f. 116
First Lines:
Wan y was pore þan was y fre
Wenne y gan gedere þo let y be…
Last Lines:
…Alas richesse so mich in thouth
To day y was riche and now haue y nouth
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.18.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.VIII, f. 1v2
Transcription:
Whan I was pore þan was I fre
Whan I gan geder þan lete I be
What I was ryche þan was I hard
And er I wyste I died amyd ward
Alas ryches so muche in þowȝt
To day I was ryche & now haue I ryȝt nowȝt
Attributed Title: Exemplium (f. 1v)