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Ye worldly folk advise you betimes
John Lydgate, translation of Deguileville’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine — 24832 lines in couplets
Author(s): John Lydgate; Guillaume Deguileville
Title(s): Pélerinage de la vie humaine
Subjects: translations; allegories; treatises, devotional
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius A.VII, ff. 39-106v
First Lines:
…Which is to parffyte folk the gate
To let hem in eerly and late…
Last Lines:
…Vn to the world sche cast hir look
Which vnder colowre sche fforsooke…
Note: A fragment, lines 18313-23676. First folio of text is damaged and so transcription begins with first readable line (f. 39v, l.1). Final folios of text are also damaged, so transcription ends with last readable lines (f.106, ll.17-18)
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vitellius C.XIII, ff. 2-309
First Lines:
[Y]e worldly folk avyse yow betymes
Wych in thys lyff ben…
Last Lines:
…And such a feer anoon me took
Out of my sleep that I a wook
Note: Manuscript is damaged. Space left for enlarged inital ‘Y’, which was left blank. Does not include Chaucer’s ‘ABC’ hymn, but leaves a space for it: see 414.
3.Source: London, British Library Stowe 952, ff. 1-379v
First Lines:
The worldely ffolk avyse yow betymes
Which in this liff ben but as pylgrimes…
Last Lines:
…and suche a fere anon me toke
out of my shepe that I awokk
Note: Preceded by Latin heading, “Qui peregrinaris : Hunc per librum docearis | Que bona vel dubia : Sit ffugienda via” (f. 1); ends with Latin, “Tu es Refugium meum A Tribulacione” (f. 287); original copy incomplete, with 11 lines on f. 303v and all of folios 304-379v written by the hand of John Stowe; scribal error “shepe” for “slepe” in last line.
Attributed Author: “John Lydgate his work” (added by a hand of sixteenth century, top margin f. 1); “compilyd by John lydgate monke of berie” (added by hand of John Stowe below Latin heading, f. 1)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, and Katharine B. Locock, eds. The Pilgrimage of the Life of Man. Roxburghe Club 145. London: Nichols, 1905.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Pilgrimage of the Life of Man. 3 vols. EETS e.s. 77 (1899), 83 (1901), 92 (1904, ed. K. B. Locock); repr. as one vol., 1973.
4.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library C.i.8 (fragment), front flyleaf (Ker Pastedowns No. 1984)
Transcription:
Ye worldly folk avyse yow betymes
Wych in thys lyff…
Editions:
Ker, Neil Ripley. Fragments of Medieval Manuscripts used as Pastedowns in Oxford Bindings, with a survey of Oxford Binding c. 1515-1620. Oxford Bibliographical Society n.s. 5. Oxford: Clarendon, 1954: 177 (#1984).