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Controversies pleas and all discord
John Lydgate, ‘Hors, Goose and Shepe’ — seventy-seven rhyme royal stanzas and envoy of fifteen 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ’Hors, Goose and Shepe’
Subjects: debates; fables; advice, moral; envoys
Versification: — seven-line, eight-line — ababbcc, ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 50 (SC 6935), ff. 2-9
First Lines:
Controversyes And pleys and disordys
Betweene persones were hit ij or iij
Sowght owt the ground by wytnes or recordys
This was the Custom of Antiquyte…
Last Lines:
…Yevyng example that noe manner wight
ffor no prerogatiffe his neibur shall despyse
Note: Signed by scribe: ‘Explicit Disputacio Inter equum Ancam et Ouem quod M. J. Combe’ (f. 9)
Attributed Title: Disputacio inter Equum Ancam et ouum (f. 2); Explicit Disputacio Inter equum Ancam et Ouem quod M. J. Combe
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 754 (SC 6953), f. 112
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 598 (SC 1475), ff. 46-49ra
First Lines:
Contrauersiez pleez And discordez
Attwene personez were hit tweyn or iij…
Last Lines:
…Alm on vessell to speke in wordes pleyn
That no man shuld haue othir in disdeyn
Attributed Title: Thus endith the hors the goos and the shepe quod leghrewell (f. 49)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.48 (SC 11914), ff. 117-128
First Lines:
Contrauersies pleis and Discordis
A tween persones were it too or thre…
Last Lines:
…Yyuyng example that noman wiht
ffor no prerogatiffe his neihbour shal dispise
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 91-100
First Lines:
Contrauersies Plees and all discorde
Betwene persones be itt one ij or iij…
Last Lines:
…Alle in oon vessell to speke in wordes playn
That noman shuld haue of other disdeyn
Attributed Author: Iohn Lidgate Monnke of St Edm. Bury (added by hand of the sixteenth century to top margin, f. 91); written by Iohn Lidgate (added by hand of the sixteenth century, f. 100)
Attributed Title: The horse goose & shepe (added by hand of the sixteenth century to top margin, f. 91); Explicit Amoralle tale of the horse the goose & the shepe (scribe, f. 100)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 49-60v
First Lines:
Contrauersies plays and discordys
Atwene personys wer it too or thre…
Last Lines:
…yeuyng example that no maner wiht
ffor no perrogatyff hys neyhbur shall despise
Note: 69 stanzas and envoy of 15 stanzas.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 27-37
First Lines:
[C]Ontrauersies plees and al discord
Betwene persones ben yit of ij or iij…
Last Lines:
…Yevyng ensample that nomaner wight
ffor no prerogatif his neyghburgh shal dispise
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 277-287
First Lines:
COntrouersies plees and al discorde
Betwene persones bien yit of ij or iij…
Last Lines:
…Yevynge ensample that nomaner wight
ffor no prerogatife his neyghburgh shal dispice
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 117-21 (Moralite only, 14 stanzas).
Degenhart, Max, ed. Lydgate’s Horse, Goose and Sheep: Mit Einleitung und Anmerkungen Münchener Beiträge…19; Erlangen, Leipzig: Deichert, 1900: critical ed. with collations from 7 other MSS.
9.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699, ff. 67-78v
First Lines:
COntrouersies pleys & discordis
Attween persones wer it too or thre…
Last Lines:
…Yeuyng example that no maner wiht
ffor no prerogatiff his neihbour shal dispise
Attributed Title: Incipit disputacio Inter equum Ancam et Ouem (f. 66v); A disputation between a horse a sheepe and a goose for superioritie (f. 67, later hand)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 15-52.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 539-66.
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 306, ff. 142-145
First Lines:
…This pascall lambe with owte spott all whyte
By his passione in brosa stryenes Rede…
Last Lines:
…All in oone vessall to speke in wordes pleyne
that no man shoulde of odyr haue disdeyne
Note: Lacks stanzas 1-45, but commences with an ornamental initial as if the beginning.
Attributed Title: Explicit the hors the schepe and the gosse (f. 145)
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 144 [olim Huth 7], ff. 141v-145
First Lines:
…Off this notable ryalle hye scripture
The blessid doctour Augustyn as I rede…
Last Lines:
…Alle in one vessell to speke in wordes pleyn
That no man shulde of other haue disday
Note: Begins imperfectly; missing stanzas 1-42; copied from first ed. Caxton, STC 17018.
Attributed Title: Sheep Hors & Goos (RT); Thus endeth the Hors the Goos & þe Sheep (f. 145)
Editions:
Bad Key: Buhler1935: 566-7 (8 stanzas).
12.Source: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9, f. 80v



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17018. Lydgate, John, The Horse the Ghoos & the Sheep, [Caxton, 1477-78] , sigs. a.2-b.6v
First Lines:
…cOntreversies plees and discordes
Bitwene persones were two or thre…
Last Lines:
…Alle in one vessell to speke in wordes pleyn
That noman sholde of other haue disdayn
Note: CUL shelfmark, Inc. 5. J. 1. 1. (3488); begins imperfectly due to lost first folio; folios numbered, corresponding to ff. 2-14v.
Attributed Title: Thus endeth the horse the ghoos & the sheep (sig. b.6v)
2.Source: STC 17019. Lydgate, John, The Hors, the Sheep, & the Ghoos, [Caxton, 1477-78]
3.Source: STC 17020. Lydgate, John, The Horse, the Sheep and the Ghoos, [de Worde, c. 1495]
Facsimiles:
Jenkinson, Francis. “Introduction.” Lytell Treatyse of the Horse, the Sheep, and the Ghoos, Westminster: de Worde, 1495. Cambridge: University Press, 1906; facsimile of John Lydgate (STC 17020).
Editions:
Sykes, Sir Mark Masterman, ed. The Chorle and the Birde; The hors, the shepe & the ghoos. Roxburghe Club 16, 36. London: Shakspeare Press, 1818, 1822.
4.Source: STC 17021. Lydgate, John, The Horse, the Sheep and the Goos, [de Worde, 1499?]
5.Source: STC 17022. Lydgate, John, The Horse, the Shepe & the Goos, [de Worde, 1500]