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IMEV 4144
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Whoso thinketh up this careful life
A song on the Times (temp Edward II) with a fable of the Lion, Wolf, Fox, and Ass — twenty-four 8-line stanzas (ababcdcd) and one of 5 lines (ababc)
Subjects: fables; satire; abuses of the age
Versification: — eight-line, six-line — ababc, ababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 913, ff. 44v-47v; 52-52v
First Lines:
Whose þenchiþ vp þis carful lif
Niȝt and dei þat we beþ inne…
Last Lines:
…To whoch ioi vs bring
Ihesu crist heuen king
Note: Item is split between ff. 44v-47v and 52-52v.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 195-205.
Heuser, Wilhelm. Die Kildare-Gedichte… Bonner Beiträge zur Anglistik 14. Bonn: P. Hanstein, 1904: 133-9.
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 182.
Seymour, St. John Delincourt. Anglo-Irish Literature, 1200-1582. Cambridge: at the UP, 1929; and several repr: 77 (selections, modernized).