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Ground take in virtue by patriarchs old
Lydgate’s ‘Letabundus’ — thirty-nine 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Letabundus
Subjects: Virgin Mary, praise of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 60v-65v
First Lines:
[G]Rounde take in vertue by Patriarkes olde
ffrom Abraham lynally brought doune…
Last Lines:
…which in Ianyuere shall voide all olde
This nowe þere doth þeron Remembre
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 197v-201
First Lines:
ground take in vertu by patryarkes olde
ffrom Abraham lyneally brought doun
In theyre scriptures as prophetes olde
Shewyd vnto theym by reuelacioun…
Last Lines:
…Whyche in Januare shall voyde all the greuaunce
Thys new yere doth theron remembraunce
Attributed Title: letabundus (added by another hand, f. 197v); scribe’s Explicit letabundus, bottom f. 201, followed by added ‘Lydgate’
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 120-126
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 49-60.