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Go little book be fearful and quake for dread
John Lydgate, Envoy to Henry VI at the end of the Life of St. Edmund — six stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Life of St. Edmund (Lydgate)
Subjects: envoys; Henry VI
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 23v-24v
First Lines:
Go lytel booke be ferful qwake for drede
ffor to appere in any so heghe presence
To alle þe folke þat þee shal see or here
Submitte þy self with humble reverence…
Last Lines:
…Beoþe to his chirche defence and champioun
By cause it is of youre foundacyoun
Attributed Title: Lenvoye au Roy Henry le sysme (f. 23v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 347 (SC 10174), ff. 85v-86v
First Lines:
Go lytel booke be ferful qwake for drede
ffor to appere in any so heghe presence
To alle þe folke þat þee shal see or here
Submitte þy self with humble reverence…
Last Lines:
…Be to this Chirche dyffence and chaunpyoun
Be cause it is of your ffundacioun
Attributed Title: Lenvoye au Roy Henry le sysme (f. 23v)
3.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 61, ff. 65v-66
First Lines:
Go lytill booke be ferefull quake for drede
ffortappere in so High presence…
Last Lines:
…Without þat ffauour & supportacion
Of goodely reders do correccion
Attributed Title: lenuoy sequitur (f. 65v)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.2.15, ff. 104-104v
First Lines:
GOo lityll boke be ferfull and quake for drede
ffor to appere in so hyȝ presence…
Last Lines:
…Bethe to hys chyrche deffence and champyoun
Be cause it ys of youre fundacyoun
Attributed Title: Sent Edmvnd (f. 104)
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 367, f. 86v
First Lines:
Go litle boke be ferefull quake for drede
for to appere in any so highe presence…
Last Lines:
…be to the churche defence and champion
bycawse it is of your foundation
Note: Written by the hand of John Stow.
Attributed Title: lenvoy au Roy henry lesysme (by scribe, John Stow, f. 86v)
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 372, ff. 43-43v
First Lines:
Go litel book be ferful quak for dreed
for tappere in so hih presence…
Last Lines:
…Beth to his chirch diffence & champioun
Be cause it is of your ffundacioun
Attributed Title: Lenvoye (f. 43, margin)
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2278, f. 118v
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 440.
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 4826, ff. 45v-46
First Lines:
Goo litel book be feerful quak for dreed
for tapere in so hyh presence…
Last Lines:
…Beth to his Chirche dyffence and champyoun
Be cuase it is of your fundacioun
Attributed Title: lenvoye (f. 45v, in rubric)
9.Source: London, British Library Yates Thompson 47 [olim Mostyn Hall 84], p. 213
10.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], f. 284
First Lines:
Goo lytyll Booke be fferefull quake & dreede
ffor to Appeere In soo hygh presence
To all folke that the shall see or Reede
Submytte thy self with humble Reuerence
To be refourmyd where men fynde Offence
Mekely requeryng voyde of presumpcyon
Where thow faylest to do Correccyon
Attributed Title: Explicit quod Wilelmus Cotson / Godde grawnte vs grace / Anno Domini Millesimo . CCCCmo lxxxvto et Ao / Ricardi Tercij post Conquestum secundo finem feci / In Die Sancte Barnabe Apostoli Amen (f. 284)