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If excellent of wit of grace of good virtue
Epitaph of the Emperor Frederick, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, translating a Latin couplet that precedes it, Septima Pars, Henrici Tercii — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Formerly included under 6322; for another elegy to Frederick which follows this, see 1444.
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; epitaphs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, ff. 47v-48
First Lines:
Iff execelent of wytt or grace of good vertue
Or nobylnesse of birth myght vnto deth resist
Than shuld this ffrederik Mortall ffate exchewe
Which hym hath Closid here nowln his chist…
Last Lines:
…But noon of thise may Erthly Man assist
To stryue with deth but all must pay hym dett
Noble & Ignoble ther is no thyng may lett



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
First Lines:
If excellence of wytte or grace of good vertue
Or nobylnesse of byrth myght vnto deth resyste…
Last Lines:
…To stryue with deth but all must pay hym dette
Noble and innoble there is no thynge may lette
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 335.
2.Source: STC 10662. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542] , sigs. ee.1vb-ee.2ra
First Lines:
If excellent of witte or grace of good vertue
Or nobylnesse of byrth myghte vnto deathe resyste…
Last Lines:
…To stryue wyth deathe but all muste pay hym dette
Noble and innoble theare nothynge maye lette
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 335.