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I wail I weep I sob I sigh full sore
John Skelton, On the Death of the Earl of Northumberland (1489) — thirty-one stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): John Skelton
Title(s): On the Death of the Earl of Northumberland
Subjects: occasional verse; Percy, Henry, earl of Northumberland
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 D.II, fr. 165ra-166vb
First Lines:
I wayle I wepe I sobbe I sigh ful sore
The dedely fate the dolefulle destenny…
Last Lines:
…The father the son and the holy goste
In trinitate one god of myghte moste
Note: Opens with Latin incipit “Ad dominum Properato meum, mea pagina. Percy. Qui Northumbrorum iura paterna gerit…” (f. 165ra)
Attributed Author: Poeta Skelton Laureatus Libellum suum metrice Allquitur (f. 165); Skelton laureat vpon the dolorus dethe and muche lamentable chaunce of the mooste honorable Erle of Northumberlande (f. 165ra)
Attributed Title: Poeta Skelton Laureatus Libellum suum metrice Allquitur (f. 165); Skelton laureat vpon the dolorus dethe and muche lamentable chaunce of the mooste honorable Erle of Northumberlande (f. 165ra)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Royal 18 D II. 2015; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Royal_MS_18_D_II.
Editions:
Skelton, John. Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton. John Stow, ed. London: T. Marshe, 1568 (STC 22608); repr. [?J.Bowle], 1736.
Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. 3 vols. London: J. Dodsley, 1765, and subsequent editions: 1.93; 1794, 1.95.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 2.306-8.
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.8-18.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 4-10.