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In womanhood as auctors all write
‘A Balade declaring that wemens chastite Doeth moche excel all treasure worldly’ — ten stanzas rhyme royal: an extract in Stow from The Fall of Princes (1904) made up of Bk IV.2374-87 and Bk III.1373-1421.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A Balade declaring that wemens chastite Doeth moche excel all treasure worldly’
Subjects: women, praise of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 2v-3
First Lines:
In Womanhede as Auctours all wryte
Most thyng commendyd ys theyre chaste honeste…
Last Lines:
…But from all daunger that shuld theym nor or greve
Byn euer redy to helpe hem and releue Explicit
Note: With one added stanza.
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Stowe, John, ed. The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer…with diuers addicions, with the Siege of Thebes, compiled by J. Lidgate. London, J. Kyngston for J. Wight, 1561 (STC 5075): repr .
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.565-6.
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.587.