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A cross was made all of red / In the beginning of my book
The Translator’s Prologue to Trevisa’s version of Glanville’s De Proprietatibus Rerum — six cross-rhymed quatrains.
Note: Compare the three lines in Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.3.12 (1184), extra flyleaf. For Prohemium, see 1206; for Envoy, see 6837. Singer (1928), 1059.
Author(s): John Trevisa
Title(s): De Proprietatibus Rerum (Glanville)
Subjects: prologues; Glanville, De Proprietatibus Rerum, prologue to
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.5.41, f. 10
First Lines:
A cros was maad of al reede
In þe bigynnyng of my book…
Last Lines:
…And þis game reule & rede lede
And brynge it to a good ende
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 94-5.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27944, f. 8ra
First Lines:
[+] croys was maad al of reed
In þe bigynnynge of my book
That is clepid god me spede
In þe firste lessoun þat I took…
Last Lines:
…And þis game reule and lede
And bringe hit to a good ende
Editions:
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 241-2.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 614, f. 4vc
First Lines:
Croys was maad al of reed
In þe bigynnyng of my book
That is clepid god me speed
In þe first lessoum þat I took…
Last Lines:
…And þis game wel rule & leed
And bringe it to a good eende
Note: Preceded by rubric ‘In nomine patris & filii & spiritu sancti Amen’ (f. 4vc); written as verse, by same hand as the index; text begins f. 5ra.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble. N. Y. Nation, vol. 87, no. 2248 (July 30, 1908): 92; repr. Perry (1925), cxxix.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 4789, f. 1ra
First Lines:
A CRoys was made al of reede
In þe bygynnyng of my booke…
Last Lines:
…In þis game reule & lede
And brynge yt to a good ende
Note: Preceded by rubric, In nomine patris & filii & spiritus sancti Amen / Assit principio sancta maria meo; followed by black ink, Qui habet aures audiendi audiat & cetera and rubric title to prose text (f. 1ra).
Attributed Title: Incipit prohemium de proprietatibus rerum / Bartholomei Anglici de ordine fratrum minorum (f. 1ra)
5.Source: New York, Columbia University Library Plimpton 263, f. 9ra
First Lines:
[A] Croys was made al of rede
In þe begynnynge of my bok…
Last Lines:
…And þis game reule and lede
And brynge hit to a goode ende
Note: Preceded by ‘In nomine patris & filii & spiritu sancti amen. Assit principio sancta Maria meo’ (f. 9ra).
Facsimiles:
Plimpton, George A. The Education of Chaucer: Illustrated from the Schoolbooks in Use in his Time. London: Oxford University Press, 1935: plate V.
Editions:
Plimpton, George A. The Education of Chaucer: Illustrated from the Schoolbooks in Use in his Time. London: Oxford University Press, 1935: 34-5.
6.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M875 [olim Helmingham Hall], f. 7ra
First Lines:
[A] Croys was mad all of reed
In þe bigynnynge of my book…
Last Lines:
…And þis game reule and lede
And brynge hit to a good ende



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 1536. Bartholomeus Anglicus, a.k.a. Glanville, De Proprietatibus rerum, de Worde, 1495 , sig. A.iv
First Lines:
Cross was made all of red
In the begynnyng of my boke…
Last Lines:
…And this game rule and lede
And brynge it to a good ende
Note: CUL shelfmark Inc. 3. J. 1. 2. (3559); preceding Prologue to Book I, preceded by prayer, ‘In nomine patris & filii & spiritus sancti amen / Assit principio sancta maria meo (sig. A.iv).
Attributed Author: Bartholomeus de proprietatibus rerum (sig. A.i)
Attributed Title: Bartholomeus de proprietatibus rerum (sig. A.i)
Editions:
Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Typographical Antiquities. Revised Joseph Ames and William Herbert. 4 vols. London: Bulmer, 1810, 1812, 1816, 1818: 2.311.
Rohde, Eleanor Sinclair. The Old English Herbals. London, New York: Longman, Green, 1922: 47.