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From Christs birth complete nine hundred year
John Lydgate, Guy of Warwick — 592 lines in 8-line stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 440.5.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Guy of Warwick
Subjects: romances; Guy of Warwick
Versification: — eight-line stanza — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 65-78
First Lines:
Fro cristis birthe complet nyne hundrid yeer[s]
twenty and seuene by computacioun…
Last Lines:
…praying echon of support and ffavour
nat to dysdeyne the clauses whan they reede
Attributed Title: Here gynneth the lyff off Guy of Warwyk (f. 65)
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius. “Zur Literaturgeschichte des Guy von Warwick.” österrichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Philosophisch-historische Klasse 74 (1873): 623-45: 649-65.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 516-38.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 305-314
First Lines:
fro Crystes byrthe nyne hundred yere
Twenty &seuyn by computacion…
Last Lines:
…Praying echone of support and fauoure
Nat to dysdeyne these clauses who ye rede
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a tale of Guy and Colbrond
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 33ra-35vb
First Lines:
FRome Criestes birthe complete nyen C yeere
Twenty and seven by computaciony
Last Lines:
If owght be wrong in metre or in substaunce
Put al þe wyte ffor dulnesse on lydegate
Lenoye
Mekely translated vnder correccioun
Settyng a syde preyde and presompcioune
And praye echoon þat shalle of hit take hede
ffavoure and supporte whan þei þe clause Rede
Attributed Title: Here nowe begynneþe an abstracte oute of þe Croniclis / in latyn made by Gyrarde Cornubyence þe worþy / Croniculer of westsexse & translated in to Englisshe / be lydegate daun Johan at the requeste of margarete / Countas of Shrowesbury Ladye Talbot fournyvale / and lysle of the lyf of þat moste worthy knyght Guy / of warwike of whos bloode shee is lyneally descendid (f. 33ra, rubric)
Editions:
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 2.520 (extract only).
4.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699, ff. 18v-27v
First Lines:
FRo cristes birth compleet nyne hundred yeer
Twenty & seuene bi computacion…
Last Lines:
…Prayng echeon of support & favour
Nat to disdayn the clauses whan they reede
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
Attributed Title: Incipit Guydo de warwik (f. 18); Explicit Guydo de Warwik (f. 27v)
5.Source: Peterborough, Peterborough Central Library Ailred of Rievaux, Life of Edward and Confessor , ff. 54-63
First Lines:
Fro cristys byrth complete ix c yere
xx and vij by computacion…
Last Lines:
…Praying echon of support and fauour
Not to disdeyne the clauses when they rede
6.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 530, ff. 4v-12v
First Lines:
ffrome Cristes byrth complete nyen hundred yere
Twenty & Seven be computacyoun…
Last Lines:
…Mekely translatid vnder coreccyoun
Settyng a syde pryde & presumpcyoun
And pray iche oon þat shall off hit take hede
ffauoure & support whan þey [hit rede]
Note: Includes envoy; last two words lost in gutter.
Attributed Author: Johan lydegate (f. 4v)
Attributed Title: Here Nowe begynnyth An Abstracte Owte the Cronycles in latyn made by Gyrade Cornubyence the worthy the Cronyculere of Westsexse & translatid into Englishe by lydegate daun Johan At the Request of Margret Countasse of Shrowesbury lady Talbot ffournyvalle & lysle of the lyffe of þat moste Worthy knyght Guy of Warrewyk of Whos blode she is lenyally descendid (f. 4v)
Editions:
Robinson, F. N. “On Two MSS of Lydgate’s Guy of Warwick.” Harvard Studies and Notes in Philology 5 (1897): 177-220: 177-220.
7.Source: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9, f. 17