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As the sea doth ebb and flow / So fareth the world
‘Lerne say wele say litel or say noȝt’ — thirty-one 8-line stanzas
Note: See 5910.
Title(s): ‘Lerne say wele say litel or say noȝt’
Subjects: precepts; abuses of the age; flatterers, against
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 102 (SC 1703), ff. 101v-103v
First Lines:
As þe see doþ ebbe & flowe
so fareþ þe world hyder & þeder…
Last Lines:
…Be goddis childre in charyte
As god doþ in the gospell say
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: Lerne say wele say litel or say noȝt (f. 101v)
Editions:
Kail, J., ed. Twenty-Six Political and Other Poems…from Bodleian MSS Digby 102 and Douce 322. EETS o.s. 124 (1904; repr. 1973): 14-22.