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I warn you everyone for ye should understand
The Rose of Rouen, a political carol on the Battle of Towton, Yorkshire (1461) — fifteen 5-line stanzas (aaaab) with refrain, ‘Blessid be þe tyme þat euer god sprad þat floure’ and burden: ‘Now is the rose of rone growen to a gret honoure / Therfore syng we euerychone I blessid be that floure’
Note: Cf. Ransome (1889), 460.
Title(s): The Rose of Rouen
Subjects: Towton (Yorks.), battle of; carols, political; historical poems
Versification: — five-line — aaaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 432, ff. 70v-72
First Lines:
I warne you euerychone for shuld vnderstonde
There sprange a rose in rone & sprad into englonde…
Last Lines:
…And al þe reime of englond ioy of his crownyng
þat we may blesse þe tyme þat euer god sprad þe floure
Editions:
Madden, Frederick. “Political Poems of the Reigns of Henry VI and Edwrd IV.” Archaeologia 29 (1842): 318-47: 243-7.
Parry, Edward. Royal Visits and Progresses to Wales. Chester, 1850: 266.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 292-4; 1977, 260-2.
Brotanek, Rudolph. Mittelenglische Dichtungen aus der Handschrift 432 des Trinity College in Dublin. Halle: Niemeyer, 1940: 138-41.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 215-18.