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Mighty Flora goddess of fresh flowers
The Mumming at Bishopswood, by Lydgate — sixteen stanzas rhyme royal including Envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): The Mumming at Bishopswood
Subjects: occasional verse; pageant verses; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 62v-64
First Lines:
MIghty fflourra goddes of fresshe floures
Whiche cloþed hast þe soyle in lousty grene
Made buddes springe with hir swote showres
By influence of þe sonnes so sheene…
Last Lines:
…In al þat may youre hyenesse qweeme and pleese
In any parte or doone youre hertes eese
Note: On f. 63v, against stanza 13: ‘Lenvoye to alle þestates present’
Attributed Title: Nowe here nexst folowyng ys made a balade by Lydegate sente by a poursyant to þe Shirreves of London acompanyed with þeire breþerne vpon Mayes daye at Busshopes wod at an honurable dyner eche of hem bringginge his dysshe (f. 62)
Editions:
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Edward Tyrrell, eds. A Chronicle of London, from 1079 to 1483. London: Longman, 1827: 257-60.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 668-71.
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 7.