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If it befall that God thee list visit
Balade de bone counseyle — one stanza rhyme royal
Title(s): Balade de bone counseyle
Subjects: counsel
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), p. 48
First Lines:
Yif hit befalle þat god þes list visyte
With any tourment or Aduersytee…
Last Lines:
…Make þy defence and þou shalt haue no losse
þe Remembrasunce of Cryst and of his crosse
Attributed Title: Balade de bone counseyle (p. 48)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 710.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, f. 132v1
First Lines:
If it befalle that god the lyst visyte
with ony tourment or Adversytee…
Last Lines:
…make thy defence and thou shalt haave no losse
in Remembraunce of christ and of his crosse finis
Attributed Title: ‘balade de bone counseyle’ (f. 132v), by scribe, John Stow)
Editions:
Brusendorff, Aage. The Chaucer Tradition. Copenhagen, 1925; repr. Oxford: Clarendon, 1967: 251-2.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Editions:
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.552.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.297.