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Like as great waters increasen into floods fele
A song of ‘Galaunt’ (an acrostic of the Deadly Sins) — rhyme royal stanzas
Note: Cf. 6831
Subjects: acrostics; sins, deadly; clothing, against extremes of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 247-248v
First Lines:
lYKe as grete wateres encresyn in to floddes fele
So that narow forthese may hem nat susteyn…
Last Lines:
…And trysyd to Tyborn and trodyn in the fere
Elles shall England wayle that euer they came here
Note: 20 stanzas
Attributed Title: Gallant (f. 247)
2.Source: Rome, English College AVCAU MS 1405, f. 78
Note: 32 stanzas
3.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 94 [olim Astor, sold Sotheby’s 21 June 1988, lot 57]



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 24241. Lydgate, John, Here begyneth a treatise of a galau[n]t,[Enprynted at London: In the fletestrete at the sygne of the Sonne by me Wynkyn de Worde, 1520?]
Editions:
Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton. Censura Literaria. 10 vols. London: Longman, 1805-09; 2nd ed., 1815: 5.37-40; 2nd ed.; 1.62-6.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Treatyse of a Galaunt, with The Marriage of the Fayre Pusell the Bosse of Byllyngsgate unto London Stone, from the unique edition of Wynkyn de Worde. Roxburghe Club 87. London: the editor, 1860.
Furnivall, Frederick James. Ballads from Manuscripts. London: Ballad Society, 1863; repr. New York: AMS, 1968: 1.445.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 3.151-60.