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But Fortune with her smiling countenaunce strange
Fortune’s mutability — one couplet in a letter from John Paston III to John Paston II, written 1471
Author(s): John Paston III
Subjects: fortune; mutability; Paston, John II; Paston, John III
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27445, f. 55
Transcription:
but fortune with hyr smylyg contenance strange
of all our purpose may make a sodeyn change…
Note: Written as prose
Editions:
Davis, Norman, ed. The Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971, 1976: 1.570.