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Let no man boast of cunning ne virtue
John Lydgate, ‘Midsomer Rose’ — fifteen 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Midsomer Rose’
Subjects: mutability
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 31v-33v
First Lines:
LEt noman booste of konnyng ne vertue
Of tresore ricchesse or of sapience
Of worldely watte al comþe of Ihesu
Counseyle of coumfort discrecoun prudence…
Last Lines:
…Called þe Ryver with þe red streme
To paradyse wardes vn to Ihesu oure Roos
Note: 14 stanzas (stanza eight is missing).
Attributed Title: Here foloweþe a balade made of þe transmutacouns of þis worlde with þe refrayde as a midsomer Roos (f. 31v)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Hh.4.12, ff. 89-90v
First Lines:
Lat no man bost of cunnyng ne verteu
Of tresowr richesse nor of sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradyse callyd the rede streme
Of whos .v. wondes print in ȝowre hert a rose Explicit
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 25-27v
First Lines:
[L]At no man bost of konnyng nor vertue
Of tresoure Riches nor of Sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradise callid þe reede streme
Of whos v woundes prynte in youre herte A Rose
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 22-6.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 300-301v
First Lines:
lat noman bost of Connyng nor Vertu
Of tresour Rychese ner of sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradyse callyd the Rede streme
Of whose v woundes prynte in your hert a Rose
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 15-16v
First Lines:
LAte noman boste of konnyng nor vertu
Of tresour richesse nor of sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradise callid the Reede streame
Of whos fyve woundis prent in youre hert a Rose
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 3v-5v
First Lines:
LAt noman booste of konnyng nor vertu
Of tresour richesse nor of Sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradys callyd the rede strem
Off whos five woundys prent in your hert a Roose Explicit
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 780-5.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 191-3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 393-6.
7.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 A.XIII, f. 114
Transcription:
Let no man booste of cunnyng ne vertue
Ne of wysdome Riches nor of Sapience
Nor worldly supporte for all comyth of Iesu
As Counsaile Comforte consolacion and prudence
Note: 4 lines only.
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], ff. 87v-89
First Lines:
Late no man boste of connyng nor vertue
Of tresoure riches nor of sapience…
Last Lines:
…Toward paradice called the red streme
Of whose v woundes prynt in your hert a rose
Editions:
Gray, Thomas. “Some Remarks on the Poems of Lydgate.” The Works of Thomas Gray. 2 vols. Thomas James Mathias, ed. London, 1814: 2.76 (MSS unspecified).
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 20 (ed. crit. all MSS except London, British Library Royal 18 A.XIII).