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Master Geoffrey Chaucer that now lieth in grave
Balade in praise of Chaucer — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: Chaucer
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), f. 25
Transcription:
Master Geffray Chausers That now lyth in graue
The nobyll Rethoricioun and poet of gret bretayne
That worthy was the lawrer of poetry haue
ffor thys hys labour and the palme atteyne
The gold dew dropys of speche and elloquence
In to englyssh tong thorow hys excellence
Note: Follows as envoy to 5373.
Attributed Title: Verba translatoris (f. 25)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.450.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, f. 132vb1
Transcription:
Maister gefferey Chauncers þat now lith graue
Þe noble Rethor poete of grete breteyne
Þat worth was the laurere to have
Of poyetry And þe palme atain
Þe gold dew dropes of speche in eloquence
In to english tonge þorow his excellens
Note: Follows the Parliament of Fowls (5373), with a blank space of seven lines preceding.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. A Parallel-Text Edition of Chaucer’s Minor Poems. 3 vols. Chaucer Society 1st. ser. 21, 57, 58. London: Trübner, n.d. repr. New York and London: Johnson, 1967: 98.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Note: Further editions incl. Speght (1598); Urry (1721), 551; Chalmers (1810), 1.556.