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God that is most of might
The House of Stanley: The Most Pleasant Song of Lady Bessy, perhaps by Humphrey Brereton — 1082 lines in quatrains
Note: For a later variant cf. 1614.
Author(s): Humphrey Brereton (?)
Title(s): The Most Pleasant Song of Lady Bessy
Subjects: Stanley, family history; historical poems; Richard III; Elizabeth of York
Versification: — four-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27879, p. 463
Editions:
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 3.321-63.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 367, ff. 89-100
First Lines:
God that is moste of myghte
and borne was of a mayden free…
Last Lines:
…save and keepe our Comlye Queene
And also the poore Comonalitye
Attributed Title: Of the Princesse Elizabeth after wife of King H. iiij (by scribe, f. 89); Ladye Bessie (added to top margin above scribe’s title, by a later hand, possibly John Stow’s (f. 89)
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. The most pleasant song of Lady Bessy. Percy Society 20. London: Richard, 1847.
3.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Bateman
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. The most pleasant song of Lady Bessy. Percy Society 20. London: Richard, 1847.
Heywood, Thomas, (notes by). The most pleasant song of Lady Bessy: the eldest daughter of King Edward the Fourth, and how she married King Henry the Seventh of the House of Lancaster. London: R. Taylor, 1829.
Jewitt, Llewellynn Frederick William, ed. The Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire. London: Bemrose, 1867: 12.