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Lo here two kings right perfect and right good
The ‘Sotelties’ at the Coronation Banquet of Henry VI (1432), by Lydgate — three 8-line stanzas, each preceded by the menu for the accompanying course
Note: A variant text in Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533 ; Cf. 6322. See also 3841.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: occasional verse; Henry VI, coronation; pageant verses; chronicles, verse in; epilogues
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, St John’s College 57, ff. 219v-220
Transcription:
lo here too kyngis riȝte perfite & riȝte good
Holy seyntis Edward and seynt lowis
And se the braunche born of hir blessid blood
lyue a mong cristen most soveren of prise
heriter of the floure delise
God graunte he may þurh help of criste Ihesu
This sixt herry regne & be as wise
And hem resembill in knyȝthode and vertu
Note: Inserted in prose chronicle which begins with the year 1440, ff. 138-223.
Editions:
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “Two Tapestry Poems by Lydgate: the Life of St. George and the Falls of Seven Princes.” Englische Studie 43 (1910-11): 10-26: 23.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius B.I, f. 79v
First Lines:
Loo here twoo kyngis right perfite and right good
Holy Seint Edwarde and Seint lowes…
Last Lines:
…This sixt henry to reign and be as wise
And hem resemble in knyghthod & vertue
Editions:
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Edward Tyrrell, eds. A Chronicle of London, from 1079 to 1483. London: Longman, 1827: 168-9.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 623-4.
Harvey, John Harper. Gothic England: A Survey of National Culture, 1300-1550. New York: Scribner, 1947: 179-80.
3.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 285, ff. 6v-7
First Lines:
Lo here two kynges right parfite and right goode
hooly seynte Edwarde and seynt Lowes…
Last Lines:
…Borne by discent and title of Right
Iustely to Reigne in Englond and ffraunce
4.Source: London, Corporation of London Records Office [formerly Guildhall] 3313, ff. 129v-130v
First Lines:
Lo here two kynges right parfite and right good
Holy seyntes Edwarde and seint Lowes…
Last Lines:
…Bore by discente and by title of right
Iustely to regne in Englond and in ffraunce
Note: First line written as part of introductory heading rather than in verse lines with the rest.
Attributed Title: A sotilte Seynt Edwarde and seint Lowes armed in Cote Armures bryngyng yn betwene hem in his Coote of armes with this scripture (f. 129v)
Editions:
Thomas, Arthur Hermann, and Isobel Dorothy Thornley, eds. The Great Chronicle of London…Attributed to Robert Fabyan. London: G. W. Jones, 1938: 152-3.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 98.
5.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1995, f. 177
First Lines:
Loo here ben ii kyngys ryght profytabylle and ryght goode
holy Synt Edwarde and synt lowys…
Last Lines:
…the vi harry To raygne and be as wyse
And hym resemble in kynghode and vertu. Amen
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Gairdner, James, ed. Historical Collections of a Citizen of London. Camden Society n.s. 17 (1876): 169-70.
6.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M775, f. 15
First Lines:
Lo here two kynges right perfit & right good
Holy seynt Edwarde and allso seynt lowes…
Last Lines:
…This sixte herry to regne and be as wise
And resemble in knyghthode and vertu
Note: With heading, ‘The blades of the same’ (f. 15); written to accompany the first course on the day of the coronation of Henry VI.
Editions:
Arthur, H., viscount Dillon “On a Manuscript Collection of Ordinances of Chivalry.” Archaeologia 57 (1900-01): 29-70: 57-8.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
First Lines:
Agayne myscreauntes the emperour Sygysmunde
Hath shewyd his myght whiche is imperyall…
Last Lines:
…Borne by discent and by tytle of ryght
Iustly to reygne in Englande and in Fraunce
Note: Altered version in Fabyan’s Chronicle; Part VII, Septima Pars, Henrici Sexti; two 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc.
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 600-1.
2.Source: STC 10662. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542] , sig. Iii.4va
First Lines:
Again miscreauntes þe emperour Sigismund
Hath shewed his might whiche is imperiall…
Last Lines:
…Borne by discent and by title of right
Iustly to reigne in Englande and in Fraunce
Note: Altered version in Fabyan’s Chronicle; Part VII, Septima Pars, Henrici Sexti; two 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, separated by some text since each attached to a separate subtlety.