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DIMEV 6788
IMEV 4220
NIMEV 4220
Worlds bliss have good day
The Rich Man’s Farewell to the World — three couplets
Note: A similar couplet occurs in Bromyard, under Desperatio; cf. , 529.
Subjects: world, farewell to; sermons, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.301 (SC 12158), f. 93v
Transcription:
Wordys blysse haue now go day
from þe I schal so weyla way
þe bettere for þe werse o I haue for go
ala alas & weyla wey
Note: 4 lines
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 248, f. iii
Transcription:
Worldys blys haue good day
No lengur habbe ych þe ne may
þe more for þe lasse y haue for lore
y cursyd be þe tyme þat ych was bore
y haue lore for euur heuun blys
And go now þer as euur sorow & care ys
Note: 6 lines
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Cambridge: at the UP, 1905: 223.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. A Register of Middle English Religious & Didactic Verse. 2 vols. London: Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society: 1916-20: 1.226.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 253.
3.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library Q.46, f. 238
First Lines:
Worldes blisse haue god day
Þat i þe lete so waylaway…
Last Lines:
…y rede þou be war by me
þat þou bee nouþt hent
Note: Ten lines, possibly incorporating 6789.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. “Unrecorded Middle-English Verses.” Anglia 92 (1974): 55-78: 78.