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Jesu by Your speed
Verses on injustice against Laurence Saunders at Coventry (1496) — four 6-line stanzas (aabccb)
Subjects: Saunders, Laurence, of Coventry; occasional verse; historical poems; protest verse
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Leet Book, BA/E/F/37/1, f. 277v
First Lines:
Jhesu be your spede
I hope hit be nede…
Last Lines:
…both erly & late
kepe well your pate
for after clappys
Editions:
Harris, Mary Dormer, ed. The Coventry Leet Book. 4 vols. in 2 EETS o.s. 134-5, 138, 146 (1907-13); repr. 1971: 577.
Kendall, P. M. The Yorkist Age. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1962: 110 (omits first 3 lines).
Scattergood, V. John. Politics and Poetry in the Fifteenth Century. London: Blandford Press, 1971: 374.