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DIMEV 1564
IMEV 952
NIMEV TM 482 | TP 491
God is a substance forever durable
God’s goodness — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 482; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 491.
Subjects: God, goodness of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 2 (SC 4130) [olim Hatton 105], f. 168v
First Lines:
God is a substaunce foreuer dureable
Eterne Omnipotent mercifull & iuste…
Last Lines:
…In whose feare & loue all that shall here endure
Shall after this life of better life be sure
Note: Scribe’s signature: Per me gulielmum molleum manu propria (f. 168v)
Editions:
Bergen, Henry, ed. Lydgate’s Fall of Princes. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 121-24 (1924-27); repr. 1967: 75.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 86.
2.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Mostyn Welsh 129, f. 19
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], p. 24
First Lines:
God is a substance for evir durable
Eterne Omnipotent Mercifull and Iust…
Last Lines:
…In quhais feir and luve all þat sall endeur
Sall eft this lyf off bettir lyf be seur
Attributed Title: God (p. 24)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 1.40. 3.2.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], p. 60
First Lines:
God is a substance for evir durable
Eterne omnipotent mercifull and Iust…
Last Lines:
…In quhais feir and Luve all þat sall endeur
Sall eftir this Lyif off bettir Lyif be seur
Note: Second occurrence in MS; used as introduction to first part of MS, ‘contenand ballattis of theoligie’ (f. 43).
Attributed Title: God (p. 60)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 1.40. 3.2.