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For thought constraint and grievous heaviness
John Lydgate, The Temple of Glas — 1403 lines in couplets and rhyme royal stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 426; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 434.5; for further extracts occurring separately cf. 4417; transcription of extract (6 lines) by Ashmole is Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 53 (SC 6937), f. 81v (‘And vppermore depeint men might se / How with her Ring goodli Cana…And how her Brother so oft holpen was / In his myschefe bi the stede of Bras’ with the title, ‘Temple of Glass’).
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Temple of Glas
Subjects: dream poems; love lyrics
Versification: — two-line, seven-line — aa, rhyme royal



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 638 (SC 2078), ff. 16v-38
First Lines:
For thoght constrynt & grevous heuynesse
ffor pensifhed & for high distresse…
Last Lines:
…I mene that benigne & goodly of hir face
Now go thi wey & put the in hir grace
Attributed Title: The Temple of Bras (f. 16v and RT); Explicit The Temple of Bras (f. 38)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Bodley 638: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1982.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 16 (SC 3896), ff. 63-82v
First Lines:
FOr thoght constreynt and grevous hevynesse
ffor pensyfhede and for high distresse…
Last Lines:
…I mene the benigne and goodly of hir face
now go thy way and put the in hir grace
Attributed Title: The temple of Bras [crossed out with ‘glas’ added over by Stowe, then ‘Glas’ added below by another hand imitating medieval style] (f. 63); The temple of Bras (RT); Explicit the temple of Bras (f. 82v)
Facsimiles:
Norton-Smith, John. “Introduction.” Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 346 (SC 10173), ff. 76-97
First Lines:
For thouȝt constrenit and greuous heuines
ffor pensifhede and for heiȝ distres…
Last Lines:
…I ene þat benygne & goodli of hir face
Nou go þi way & put þe in hir grace
Attributed Title: The tempil of Glas (f. 76)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Tanner 346: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1980.
Editions:
Schick, Josef, ed. Lydgate’s Temple of Glas. EETS e.s. 60 (1891); repr. 1987.
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 67.
Mitchell, Allan J., ed. The Temple of Glas. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2007.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 491-509v
First Lines:
For thoght compleynt & greuous heuynesse
ffor pensyfhod & for heigh distresse…
Last Lines:
…ffor loue of whom so as I can endyte
I purpose here to makyn & to write
Attributed Title: Here begynyth the temple of Glas (f. 490v)
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2006, pp. 17-52
First Lines:
[F]or thought constrent and grewous heuynes
ffor pensifhed and for he distresse…
Last Lines:
…I mene that benigne and godely of hir face
Now goo thy wey and put the in hir grace
Attributed Title: Temple of glas (added sixteenth to seventeenth centuries, p. 17)
Facsimiles:
Edwards, A. S. G. “Introduction.” Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile. Magdalen College, Cambridge. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and [Woodbridge, Suffolk]: Boydell and Brewer, 1985.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, f. 206v
First Lines:
For thought compleynt and greuous hevynesse
ffor penfysshed and for hye distresse…
Last Lines:
…ffor love of whame so as I kan endyte
I pourpose here to maken and to wtyte
Note: Immediately followed by 275 without a break.
Attributed Title: Et ensy fine vn petit abstraite appellez regula sacerdotalis et comence vne soynge moult plesaunt fait a la request dun amoreux per Lidegate le Moygne de Bury (f. 206v); þe dreeme of a trewe lover made by daun John of þe tempull of glasse þat shall next folowe þe hous of fame (RT, ff. 206v-207)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38179, ff. 2-19v
First Lines:
For thought constrent and grewous hevyness
For penfishode & for he distresse…
Last Lines:
…I mene that benigne and godely of hire face
Now goo thy wey ad put the in hir Grace
Note: Note states this is from Samuel Pepys’ manuscript of Chaucer’s fragments (f. 2).
Attributed Title: The Temple of Glas (f. 2)
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1212, f. 1
First Lines:
…Mercy me graunt all þat I me compleyne
t[hr]ow my lifis soueraigne Plesaunz…
Last Lines:
…so þat I shortly shal noȝt fayne
Sauf vp on mercy I can noȝ [sic] compleyne…
Note: Extract: lines 736-54, 762-3.
Editions:
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966.
9.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1212, ff. 2-2v
First Lines:
…how philomene yn to a nyȝtyngale
I turned was and Prowne in to a swalow
And how salyuse in hir maner halow
The feste of lucras ȝet in Rome town…
Last Lines:
…Dyscure yn opyn lest þei were refused
And some for vantynges also were accused…
Note: Extract: lines 98-162. Catchphrase on f. 2v: ‘And other eke’.
Editions:
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 67-112.
10.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 258, ff. 1-32
First Lines:
[F]or thought constraint and greuous hevynesse
ffor pensitude and high distresse…
Last Lines:
…O mene that benigne and goodly of hir face
Nowe goo thy wey and put the in hir grace
Attributed Title: Here endith the Temple of Glas (f. 32)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17032. Lydgate, John, The Temple of Glas, [Caxton, 1477?]
Facsimiles:
Jenkinson, Francis. “Introduction.” The story of Queen Anelida and the false Arcite. Cambridge: University Press, 1905; facsimile of Geoffrey Chaucer (STC 5090).
2.Source: STC 17032a. Lydgate, John, The Temple of Glas, [de Worde, 1495?] , sigs. a1-c8
First Lines:
For thought constreynt & greuous heuynes
ffor pensyfhed and hyghe distres…
Last Lines:
…[ ] whiche of you his trouth fyrst breke
[ ]oo that by aspectes of theyr fyry lokes…
Note: Cambridge, University Library, Inc. 5. J. 1. 2. (3569) (printed Lydgate, John, The Temple of Glas, [de Worde, 1495?] ); imperfect at end.
3.Source: STC 17033. Lydgate, John, The Temple of Glas, [de Worde, 1500?]
4.Source: STC 17033.3. Lydgate, John, The Temple of Glas, Pynson, [1503]
5.Source: STC 17033.7. Lydgate, John, The Temple of Glas, de Worde, [1506?]
6.Source: STC 17034. Lydgate, John, The Temple of Glad, Berthelet, [1529?]