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DIMEV 3522
Mirror to the church and of the country the strength
Epitaph of Chilperic placed on his tomb by a bishop of Paris, in Part V of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part V, cap. 117, translating Latin verse which precedes it — three stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; epitaphs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Print Witnesses:
1.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] , sigs. i.4rb-i.4va
First Lines:
Myrrour to the churche and of the countrey the strength
Compassion of gylty to them shewynge mercy…
Last Lines:
…By vertue whereof he lyke a conquerour
Of the highe heuyn nowe sitteth in the tower
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: 93.