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Edward the Third that was king of this land
John Hardyng, Metrical Chronicle, generally with a dedication to Henry VI; some MSS with concluding Envoy to Edward IV, and other end-matter.
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 362.5; for later continuations see 6694 and 3658; cf. also Kingsford (1912) 462-82.
Author(s): John Hardyng
Title(s): Metrical Chronicle (Hardyng)
Subjects: chronicles; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, All Souls College 33: see 952; London, British Library Harley 293: only prose in this section of the MS



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 10 (SC 3356), ff. 1-198v
First Lines:
The moost substaunce of Power and of might
Thorough age distilled in to debilite…
Last Lines:
…And want of golde was lost within a yer
That we had goot in ten as doth apere
Note: For epilogue, see 5761.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 34 (SC 6915), ff. 2-177v
First Lines:
The most substaunce of power and of myght
Thurgh age destelled in to debelyte
Of me that am this tyme an age wight
And grete faulte have of abelyte
Last Lines:
…For langer þan ye have hem in subIeccyoun
Trest never truthe in hem ne perfeccyoun
Note: Ends with the 240th chapter of Grafton’s edition (1543).
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 341 (SC 21916), ff. 1-20v
Note: Fragment
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 345 (SC 21920), ff. 1-152v
First Lines:
The moost substaunce of Power and of might
Thorough age distilled in to debilite…
Last Lines:
…At ouer þe flok to seke the Scatred schepe
And laye hem in your fold surely to slepe
Note: Begins imperfectly (wanting the dedication and the preface) probably due to the loss of folios; ends also imperfectly in the 240th chapter; two leaves missing.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 378 (SC 21953), ff. 1-62v
First Lines:
ffor his peple to serue the goddes thre
Wherby he regnet þertty yer & thre…
Last Lines:
…Wentt he wold to huntyng & to haukyng
All gentyll disportt as to alord appentt
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly due to the loss of folios; begins at equivalent of p. 56 of Ellis’s edition.
6.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1992, ff. 1-170v
First Lines:
[T]he most substance of power and of myght
Thurgh age distilled into debilite…
Last Lines:
…To bide euer more vndere his proteccon
Wherfor gode lorde nowe girde you with your swerde
Note: Ends imperfectly. Space left for enlarged initial ‘T’, which was left blank.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 661, ff. 1-185
First Lines:
Which…after of Marche and of Vlster
With…slayne wase in grelonde…
Last Lines:
…That youre highnes may haue therof knowlage
To comfort with youre noble high corage
Note: Abbreviated version for Edward IV, 1800 stanzas. Begins imperfectly due to loss of leaves and damage to tops of leaves at beginning of codex; last few stanzas intermingled with lists of distances between stops on the route to Scotland, which continue with prose directions on ff. 185-186, followed by maps.
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 3730, ff. 1-1v
Note: Verses from Epilogue only.
9.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 204, f. 5-226
First Lines:
The while that Troy was regnyng in his myght
There was in grece a kinge right excellent…
Last Lines:
…As Bretons had of grete antiquyte
Whan they it helde in myghty dignyte
Note: 2700 stanzas. Full-page illustrations on fols. 196 and 226v-227.
Editions:
Kingsford, Charles Lethbridge. “The First Version of Hardyng’s Chronicle.” English Historical Review 27 (1912): 740-53: 740-53 (extracts only).
10.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 400 (V.2.20), ff. 1-181v
First Lines:
eDward the iiide that was kyng of this lond
Be iuste title and verray rygh descent…
Last Lines:
…Thre myle be west ye may Passe ouer forth
Into Menteth that lieth there by north
Note: Regular verse ends f. 180v, ‘That your highnesse may have therof knowlege / To comforte with your noble high corage’; followed by directions on the way to Edinburgh, and on the way from Edinburgh to Stirling, including two rhyme royal stanzas, both f. 181v, beginning, ‘And your wille and noble high corage / Thinketh this is ouer sitill to your puissaunce…’.
Attributed Author: The prolog of John Hardyng maker of this boke (f. 1)
11.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 1054, ff. 1-134
First Lines:
The moost substauns of power and of might
Thorough age distillid in to debilite
Of me þat am þis tyme an aged Wight
And grete defaulte haue of habilite…
Last Lines:
…That your highnes may haue þerof knowlage
To comfort with your noble high corage
Note: Some leaves misbound; introduction of 41 stanzas rhyme royal on folios 1-4; text itself on ff. 4v-134.
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The Chronicle of John Hardyng. London: Rivington, 1812: 15-23.
12.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library B5, ff. 1-115v
First Lines:
…[ ]to Irelond extendynge
The doughtres so dothe also signifye…
Last Lines:
…[ ] fro medsomer to Crystemasse
[ ] to his palays Royal
[ ] pyerless
[ ] Imperiall
[ ] princes
[ ] Suffolk [ ]
[ ]eke the [ ]…
Note: Acephalus and atelous, with water damage all but obliterating text at beginning and esp. at end; begins at equivalent of p. 117 of Ellis (1812).
13.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Garrett 142, ff. 21-149v
First Lines:
The most substaunce of power and of myȝt
Þurgh age distilled in debilite
Of me þat am þis tyme an aged wight
And grete defaute have of abilitie…
Last Lines:
…Than was he made knyȝt of þe Gartier
At his desire as saith the Cronycler…
Note: With prologue by the ‘maker of þis booke’ (ff. 21-23v); first line of text begins, ‘As Cronicles telle & make notificacioun / Ho so payn wele shal know & vnderstond…’ (f. 23v); ends in reign of Henry V, with catchwords indicating once continued.
Attributed Title: Hire begynneth þe boke of Brytoun of what blode Brute came & howe he gate þis Ile & named hit Britayn þat nowe is Englond Wales & Scotlond (f. 23v)
14.Source: Urbana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 83 [Robinson Sale Cat. 72, No. 182], ff. 1-124
First Lines:
The moste substance of power & of myght
Thurgh age distillid in to debilite…
Last Lines:
…And wantt of gold was lost with in a yere
þat we had gotte in tenne as doth apere
Note: Blank space bottom of f. 224 and on 224v suggests that scribe considered text complete at this ending.
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 6 [olim Helmingham Hall LJ. I. 10], ff. 1-116v
First Lines:
…ffor which þer aross on [ ] ben aventtid
with full grete host [ ]neth crone and tonne…
Last Lines:
…And wantt of golde was loste within a yere
Þat we hade gote in x as doth apere
Note: First leaf torn and dirty, so first legible lines listed here; includes lengthy dedication to Henry VI, ff. 112v-116v.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 12766. Hardyng, John, The Chronicle, R. Grafton, 1543 , sigs. +.v-G.viiiv
First Lines:
EMonges al writers that haue put in vre
Their penne and stile thynges to endite…
Last Lines:
…But that your grace will take in good parte
Not onely my paines but also my true harte
Note: Folios v-238v; includes prologue and epilogue description of Scotland, ‘How the maker of this booke reporteth the distaunce and miles of the townes in Scotland and the waie how to conueigh an armie as well by lande as water into þe chifest partes therof’, ff. 234v-238v; also includes dedicatory preface by Richard Grafton, printer, sigs. +.ii-+.ivv (ff. ii-ivv) and prose continuation to 34 Hen. VIII.
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The Chronicle of John Hardyng. London: Rivington, 1812.
2.Source: STC 12767. Hardyng, John, The Chronicle, revised with continuation, R. Grafton, 1543 , sigs. +.v-G.viiiv
First Lines:
EMonges al writers that haue put in vre
Their penne and stile thynges to endite…
Last Lines:
…But that your grace will take in good parte
Not onely my paines but also my true harte