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Lo he that can be Christs clerk
Against the Lollards — 152 lines in 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with refrain: ‘Defende us all fro Lollardie’
Subjects: Lollardy
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian B.XVI, ff. 2v-3v
First Lines:
Lo he þat can be cristes clerc / And knowe þe knottes of his crede
Now may se a wonder werke / of harde happes to take good heede…
Last Lines:
…þan double deth for suych lollynges / is heuy when we shhul hennes hye
Now lord þat madest of nouȝt all thinges / defende vs all fro lollardie
Note: 19 eight-line stanzas, ababcdcd. Written two lines per manuscript line in this MS, the line break marked by virgule.
Editions:
Turner, Sharon. History of England from the Norman Conquest to the Accession of Edward the First…from the Accession of Edward the First to the Death of Henry V…comprising the Reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III and Henry VII. 3 vols. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1814, 1815, 1823; many editions: 3.227-9.
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: 2.243-7.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.121-7.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 152-7.