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I see a ribbon rich and new
Man for the Better Abyde — seven 8-line stanzas
Title(s): Man for the Better Abyde
Subjects: heaven, joys of; advice, spiritual; visions
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 67-67v
First Lines:
I see a Rybane Ryche and newe
Wyth stones and perles Ryally pyght…
Last Lines:
…And brynge vs to þe blysse of heuen
ffor the better ther euer to a byde
Note: ‘Explicit’ by scribe in lower margin f. 67v.
Attributed Title: ffor þe better a byde (by scribe, upper margin f. 67); Another poeme for the Better abide (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 222-4.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 283-4.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 81v-82
First Lines:
I saw ane rob riche of hew
With pretius stanis peirles picht…
Last Lines:
…To bring ws to the bliss of hevin
ffor þair quhair we mot for now & evir abyd
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:
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 225-6.
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: 2.206-8.