The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5533
IMEV 3503
NIMEV 3503
The world so wide the air so remevable
John Lydgate, On the Mutability of Man’s Nature due to the Seasons, the Elements, the Complexions, and the Planets — eighteen eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Note: For the first stanza separately see 5534; for a disarranged text see 5788.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): On the Mutability of Man’s Nature due to the Seasons, the Elements, the Complexions, and the Planets
Subjects: mutability; seasons; astrology/astronomy
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 77-79
First Lines:
The worlde so wyde þe ayre so remevabill
The cely man so litell in stature…
Last Lines:
…And or þu passe Remissioun fynall
Towarde þat lyfe where Ioy is aye lastynge
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 91-91v
First Lines:
The world so wyde the ayer so remoueable
The cely man so lityll of stature…
Last Lines:
…And I dar well say as to my felyng
how shold a man be stedfast in thys lyffyng
Note: Abbreviated version: seven stanzas only, and rhyme royal.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 33-36
First Lines:
[T]He worlde so wide þe eyre so remevable
Þe Cely man so litill of stature…
Last Lines:
…And or thow passe remission fynall
Toward þat life where ioy is ay lastyng
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 22-24v
First Lines:
The world so wyde the ayre so removable
The cely man so litel of stature…
Last Lines:
…ffor to aduertue in thi knowlachyng
Nothyng is stable here in this livyng
Note: First two lines occur at the foot of f. 22 and are repeated, with a lombard initial, at the top of f. 22v. Variant version: 17 stanzas rhyme royal, including 3 unique stanzas on the zodiac.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 78v2-79
First Lines:
The Sangwyne man of bloode hath hardynes
Made to be lovyng and large of expence…
Last Lines:
…Herfor me thynkkyth after my semyng
That noman is stable here in theyr lievyng
Note: Stanzas 11-13 only (on the complexions), in rhyme royal.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 14-17
First Lines:
The world so wyd the hair so remevable
The celyman so litel of Stature…
Last Lines:
…And or thu passe remyssion final
Toward that lyf wher ioye is ay lastyng
Note: Full text in eight-line stanzas; includes attribution to Lydgate at end.
Attributed Author: Explicit John lydgate (f. 17, in margin)
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 193-8.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 734-8.