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DIMEV 2387
IMEV 1426
NIMEV 1426
If that thou list for to intend / Of this book to hear legend
‘Þe Prologue of þe kalundare of þis litell booke’: John Shirley’s metrical index to his volume of poems — 104 lines in couplets
Note: See also 4115.
Author(s): John Shirley
Title(s): ‘Þe Prologue of þe kalundare of þis litell booke’ (Shirley)
Subjects: prologues
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 16165, ff. 2-3v
First Lines:
If þat you list for to entende
Of þis booke to here legende…
Last Lines:
…And euery womman of hir loue
Prey I to god þat sitteþe aboue
Note: Follows on from 1403 without a break. Explicit followed by four lines of Latin ending prologus per Shirley (f. 3v).
Attributed Author: Prologus per Shirley (f. 3v)
Attributed Title: þe prologe of þe Kalundere of þis litell booke (f. 2)
Editions:
Gaertner, Otto. John Shirley. Halle: E. Karrus, 1904: 63.
Brusendorff, Aage. The Chaucer Tradition. Copenhagen, 1925; repr. Oxford: Clarendon, 1967: 453.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 194-6.