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Half in dead sleep not fully revived
Rotheley, ‘A balade on the House of Vere’ — fifteen stanzas rhyme royal, one concluding 8-line stanza and Envoy in one stanza rhyme royal
Author(s): Rotheley
Title(s): ‘A balade on the House of Vere’
Subjects: history, family; Vere, family of; envoys
Versification: — seven-line, eight-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. iiv-iv
First Lines:
Halfe in a dede sclepe not fully revyved
Rudely my sylfe as I lay alone…
Last Lines:
…Thy makere standyng in dyssete and greuaunce
Which cawsed hym the so symply to avaunce…
Note: Wrongly listed as in EL 26.C.3 in IMEV; 192 lines RR.
Attributed Author: per Rotheley (f. iv)
Facsimiles:
Hanna, Ralph, ed. The Ellesmere Chaucer Reproduced in Facsimile. 2 vols. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1911. Preface by Alix Egerton repr. as The Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: A Working Facsimile. Intro. Hanna; Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1989.
Woodward, Daniel, and Martin Stevens, eds. The New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile (Huntington MS EL 26 C 9). Tokyo: Yushodo, and San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1995.
Editions:
Todd, Henry John. Illustrations of the Lives and Writings of Gower and Chaucer. London: Rivington, 1810: 295.
Piper, Edwin Ford. “The Royal Boar and the Ellesmere Chaucer.” Philological Quarterly 5 (1926): 330-40: 331-5.
Hanna, Ralph, and A. S. G. Edwards. “Rotheley, the De Vere Circle, and the Ellesmere Chaucer.” Readings from the Margins: Textual Studies, Chaucer, and Medieval Literature. Ed. Seth Lerer. San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library, 1996. 11-35: 29-35.