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Early in a summerstide / I saw in London as I went
‘These Lettres XII shall save Mery Englond’, on the Yorkist Lords — in quatrains
Title(s): These Lettres XII shall save Mery Englond
Subjects: Yorkist lords; political verse
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 306, ff. 134-135
First Lines:
[E]rly in a somerstide
y sawe in london as y wente…
Last Lines:
…and after this life bryng you and me
vnto euer lasting joie amen for charit
Explicit
Note: 68 lines
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: 1-3.
2.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 432, ff. 72-73r
First Lines:
Yerly be þe morowe in a somer tyde
I saw in a strete in london as I went…
Last Lines:
…Hur entent & purpos may last & endure
To þe plesaunce of god & þe welfare of vs all
Note: 72 lines.
Attributed Title: On the Yorkist Lords (added modern hand; f. 72)
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 218-21.