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Laurence Minot, The Defeat of the Spaniards — five 6-line stanzas
Author(s): Laurence Minot
Title(s): The Defeat of the Spaniards
Subjects: historical poems; Spaniards, defeat of
Versification: — Thirty long lines in groups ranging from a couplet to six mono-rhyming lines; written as short lines in which even-numbered lines rhyme, abcb to abcbdbebfbgb — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 56vb-57ra
First Lines:
I wald noght spare forto speke
wist I to spede
of wight men with wapin
and worthly in wede
þat now er driuen to dale
and ded all þaire dede…
Last Lines:
…new lare sall ȝe lere
sir Edward to lout
for when ȝe stode in ȝowre strenkith
ȝe war allto stout
Attributed Title: How king Edward & his men ȝe / met with þe spaniardes in þe see (rubric, by scribe, f. 56vb)
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Poems, written anno-MCCLII (Minot). London: Burn, 1825: 45-7.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.87-9.
Scholle, Wilhelm. Laurence Minots Lieder. Quellen und Forschungen 52. Strassburg: Trübner, 1884: 37-8.
Hall, Joseph. The Poems of Laurence Minot. Oxford: Clarendon, 1887; rev. ed., 1914: 33-4.
Morley, Henry, ed. Shorter English Poems. London, NY: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1876: 35-7.
Stedman, Douglas C., ed. The War Ballads of Laurence Minot. Dublin: Hodges, Figgis; London: Simpkin, etc., 1917: 36-7.
Williams, Charles. The New Book of English Verse. New York: Macmillan, 1936: 28-9.