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Every manner creature / Disposed unto gentilesse
John Lydgate, A Lover’s Lament — fifteen 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) each ending, ‘ladye dere’ and envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): A Lover’s Lament
Subjects: laments; lover’s lament; envoys
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 45v-47v
First Lines:
Every maner creature
disposed vn to gentylesse
Booþe of kynde and of nature
Haþe in his hert moste gladnesse…
Last Lines:
…þat of mercy shee not disdeyne
To bee my souereine ladye dere
Attributed Author: …made by Lydegate… (f. 45v)
Attributed Title: Here folowþe nexst a compleynte made by Lydegate for þe departing of Thomas Chaucier in to fraunce by hes servauntz vpon þe kynges ambassate (f. 45v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Rev. ed. of G. H. Kingsley, Francis Thynne: Animadversions upon Chaucer’s WorksEETS o.s. 9 (1865), repr. 1965; re-issued Chaucer Society 2nd ser. 13 (1876): 122-6.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, ff. 249v-251v
First Lines:
Euery maner creature
Disposed vn to gentyllesse…
Last Lines:
…þat she of mercy not disdeyne
To be my soueraine lady dere
Note: 16 stanzas; followed by 5108.
Attributed Author: by Lydegate (f. 249v)
Attributed Title: Amerous balade by Lydegate made at departing of Thomas Chaucieres on þe kynges ambassade in to ffraunce (f. 249v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Pieces from Manuscripts, No. VIII.” Notes and Queries 4th ser. 9 (1872): 500-501: 381-3.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 420-4.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 367, ff. 87-87v
First Lines:
Every maner creature
disposid vnto gentilnesse…
Last Lines:
…that of marcy she not disdeyne
to be my sovereyn lady dere
Note: Written by the hand of John Stow, on a separate leaf tipped into the volume, once folded across the middle.
Attributed Title: here folowithe a complaynt made by lidgate for the departyng of Thomas Chawcer into fraunce by his servante vpon the kyngs ambassate (f. 87)