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Go little quire and swift thy princess dress
John Lydgate, On the Nightingale as a symbol of Christ — fifty-nine rhyme royal stanzas including a dedication of six stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 475.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): On the Nightingale as a symbol of Christ
Subjects: nightingale; dream poems; Christ, symbols of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lat. misc. c.66 [olim Capesthorne], ff. 107v-111
First Lines:
…Meved of corage by vertew of the season
In pryme tens renobled yere by yere…
Last Lines:
…How that this brid amang hir notes glad
Right of her deth a nowte of mornyng made
Note: Lacks lines 1-21; lines 50-56 follow line 112; lines 396-7 reversed.
Attributed Author: Humphrey Newton (f. 111)
2.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 203, pp. 1-21
First Lines:
Go lityll quayere And swyft thy prynses dresse
[ ] humble [ ]…
Last Lines:
…That fro this worlde when so we schall deseuer
In yoye eternall with hym there to perseuere
Editions:
Glauning, Otto, ed. Lydgate’s Two Nightingale Poems. EETS e.s. 80 (1900); repr. 1987: 2-15 (st. 1 & 2 only).
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 59-64
First Lines:
…Commandyng theym to here wyth tendernesse
Of this your nightyngale the gostly sense…
Last Lines:
…That fro this worlde when so we shall deseuer
In Ioye eternall with hym ther to perseuer
Note: Stanzas 1-2 wanting, probably due to lost leaf or leaves; ‘Amen / Explicit’ by scribe after last line.
Attributed Title: The nyghtyngale (added by sixteenth-century hand, upper margin, f. 59); The nyghtynghale (by scribe as RT on verso leaves); Another poeme intitled the nightingall (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Editions:
Glauning, Otto, ed. Lydgate’s Two Nightingale Poems. EETS e.s. 80 (1900); repr. 1987: 2-15 (st. 1 & 2 from Oxford, Corpus Christi College 203).