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DIMEV 182
IMEV 102.5
NIMEV 4042
A virtue called of full great reverence
The Ballade to 6453 — five stanzas rhyme royal elaborating the refrain: ‘Tong brekith bone of his nature though he hymself haue none’
Note: Cf. 6052.
Subjects: tongue, destructive power of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 598 (SC 1475), f. 49
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 795-6.