The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5799
IMEV 3660
NIMEV 3660
This worldly joy is only fantasy
Leaulte vault Richesse,’ on the Instability of Worldly Joy — one eight-line stanza (ababbcbc)
Title(s): Leaulte vault Richesse
Subjects: transitoriness, of world
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden B. 24 (SC 3354), f. 138
First Lines:
This warldly Ioy Is onely fantasy
of quhich non erdly wicht can be content…
Last Lines:
…Presume nocht gevin þat god has some bot lent
Within schort tyme the quhiche he thinkis to name
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards, eds. Chaucer, Works. Bodleian Library MS Arch Selden B.24: Facsimile Edition. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1995.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 1.47.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 260.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.5.10, f. 56v
First Lines:
The warldlie Ioy is onlie fantesie
Quhair of na eirdlie wicht can be content…
Last Lines:
…Preswme not gevin þat god hes to þe lent
Within short tyme þe quhilk he thinkis to craiff
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2553, p. 292
First Lines:
This wardlie Ioy is onlie fantasie
Quhairof no eirthlie wycht can be content…
Last Lines:
…Preswme not gevin þat god hes to þe lent
Within schort tyme þe quhilk he thinkis to craif
Pinkerton, John, ed. Ancient Scottish Poems Never Before in Print. 2 vols. London and Edinburgh, 1786: 243.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Maitland Folio Manuscript, Containing Poems by Sir Richard Maitland, Dunbar, Douglas, Henryson, and others. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 7 (1919), 20 (1927); Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1919, 1927: 1.341.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], f. 74v
First Lines:
This warldis ioy is only bot fantesy
off quhilk non erdly wicht can be content…
Last Lines:
…presome nocht gevin That god hes done bot lent
Within schort tyme the quhilk he thinkis to craue
Note: Nineteenth-century transcript by Kennedy is Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.IV.27, unnumbered loose leaf.
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 202.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 2.183.