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John Lydgate, Fabula duorum mercatorum — 130 stanzas rhyme royal, including Envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Fabula duorum mercatorum
Subjects: fables; friendship; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 32 (SC 14526), ff. 38-53v
First Lines:
IN Egipt whilom as I reede and fynde
ther dwellid a Marchaunt of hih and gret sttat…
Last Lines:
…Rith in to Egipt he is gon a geyn
Of heer freendschip what shold y you more seeyn
Note: Ends imperfectly.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, and Gustav Schleich. Lydgate’s Fabula duorum mercatorum. Quellen und Forschungen 83. Strassburg: Trübner, 1897.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 61-77
First Lines:
In Egipt whilom as I rede and fynd
there dwellyd a marchand of hygh & gret estate…
Last Lines:
…thys my desire in all degres of men
that it so be I pray ȝow sey amen finit
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 4-18v
First Lines:
[I]N egipt whilom as I rede and fynde
There dwellid a Merchaunt of high and grete Renoun estate
Last Lines:
…This is my desire in al degrees of men
That it so be I pray you sey al Amen
Attributed Title: Explicit ffabula virorum Mercatorum / De et super gestis Romanorum (f. 18v)
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, and Gustav Schleich. Lydgate’s Fabula duorum mercatorum. Quellen und Forschungen 83. Strassburg: Trübner, 1897.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 55-70
First Lines:
In Egipt whilom as I rede and fynd
Ther dwellyd a Merchaunt of hye and grete estate…
Last Lines:
…This is my desire in al degres of Men
That it so be I prey yov sey all Amen
Attributed Title: Explicit ffabula duorum Mercatorum / De et super gestis Romanorum (f. 70)
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, and Gustav Schleich. Lydgate’s Fabula duorum mercatorum. Quellen und Forschungen 83. Strassburg: Trübner, 1897.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 72-88
First Lines:
IN Egipt whilom as I reede and fynde
ther dwellyd a marchaunt of hih & gret estat…
Last Lines:
…this my desyr in al degrees of men
That it so be I pray you seith Amen
Attributed Author: Explicit quod lidgate
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, and Gustav Schleich. Lydgate’s Fabula duorum mercatorum. Quellen und Forschungen 83. Strassburg: Trübner, 1897.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 486-516.
6.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699, ff. 3-18
First Lines:
In Egipt whilom as I rede and fynde
Ther dwellid a marchaunt of hih & gret estat…
Last Lines:
…This my desire in all degrees of men
That it so be I pray yow seith Amen
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
Attributed Title: Explicit de fideli amore duorum mecatorum (f. 18)
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, and Gustav Schleich. Lydgate’s Fabula duorum mercatorum. Quellen und Forschungen 83. Strassburg: Trübner, 1897.
7.Source: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9, f. 49
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, and Gustav Schleich. Lydgate’s Fabula duorum mercatorum. Quellen und Forschungen 83. Strassburg: Trübner, 1897.