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Fresh lusty beauty joined with gentleness
John Lydgate, ‘A Balade of her that hath all virtues’, written for ‘Sir Othes of Holand’ — seven rhyme royal stanzas including Envoy
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 445; cf. 5167.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A Balade of her that hath all virtues’
Subjects: love lyrics; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 34-35
First Lines:
ffresshe lusty beaute Joyned with gentylesse
Demure appert glad chere with gouernaunce…
Last Lines:
…Truwly to hir to done my message
which haþe alle vertues sette in hirymage
Attributed Title: Loo here begynneþe a Balade whiche þat Lydegate wrote at þe request of a squyer þat serued in loves court (p. 34); Balade of Love by sir Othes of holand (RT)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 379-81.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 129-30.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 116-18.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 157-157v
First Lines:
ffreshe lusty beaute Ioyned with gentyllnesse
demure apperte glad chere with gouernaunce…
Last Lines:
…truly to hir to done my message
which hath all vertues sett in hir Image
Attributed Author: lydegate (f. 157)
Attributed Title: Lo here beginneth a balade which þat lydegate wrote at þe request of a squyer þat serued in loues courte (f. 157)