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A dear God what may this be / That all thing wears
On the Death of Edward III — fourteen 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Selden seiȝe and sone forȝete’
Subjects: Edward III, death of; elegies
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 410vc-411rb
First Lines:
A dere God what man þis be
þat alle þing weres & wasteþ awai…
Last Lines:
…And nou heore los biginneþ to swage
þat selde I seȝe is sone forȝete
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 715-18.
Conybeare, John Josias. “Two English Poems of the Time of Richard II.” Archaeologia 18 (1817): 21-8: 22.
Marsh, George Perkins. Origin and History of the English Language. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1866: 288.
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 157-60.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 102-06.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 384.
Dobson, R. Barry. The Peasant’s Revolt of 1381. London: Macmillan, 1970: 88.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 342-7.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 132rc-132vb
First Lines:
A dere God what may þis be
Þat alle þing weres & wasteþ a way…
Last Lines:
…And nou heore los beginneþ to swage
Þat selde I seiȝe is sone for ȝe
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.215-18.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 425-27 (lines 17-80).
Sisam, Kenneth. Fourteenth Century Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1921: 157-60.