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Most noble prince with support of your grace
A Mumming at Hertford, c. A.D. 1428, by Lydgate — 254 lines in couplets
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): A Mumming at Hertford
Subjects: pageant verses; occasional verse; marriage; Hertford
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 40-48
First Lines:
Moost noble prynce with support of your grace
Þer been entred in to youre royal place
And late coomen in to youre castell
Youre poure lieges wheche lyke no thing weel…
Last Lines:
…Þoughe þat his prysoun his castell or his holde
Wer depeynted with asure or with gold
Note: ‘Brys slayne at Loviers’ added to heading after original writing.
Attributed Title: Nowe foloweþe here þe manere of a bille by wey of supplicacion putte to þe Kyng holding his noble feest of Cristmasse in þe Castel of Hertford as in a disguysing of þe Pride Vpplandisshe people compleyning on hir wyves with þe boystous aunswere of hir wyves devysed by lydegate at þe Request of þe Counte Roullour Brys slayne at Loviers (p. 40); A desguysing to fore þe kyng In cristemasse In þe castell of Hertford (RT)
Editions:
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “Lydgate’s Mumming at Hertford.” Anglia 22 (1899): 364-74: 367-74.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 675-82.
Neilson, William Allan, and Kenneth Grant Tremaye Webster. Chief British Poets of the 14th and 15th Centuries London: Dent; and New York: Dutton, 1916: 223-7.
Wickham, Glynne. English Moral Interludes. London: Dent, 1976: 204.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 137-140
First Lines:
Most noble prynce with support of your grace
ther bene entred in to your royall place…
Last Lines:
…though that his prysone his castell or his holde
were depeynted with asure or with golde
Note: Heading precedes at bottom of folio 136v.
Attributed Author: lidgate (f. 136v)
Attributed Title: Nowe foloweth here the maner of a bille by weye of supplycation put to the kynge holdinge his noble fest of crystmasse in the castell of hartford as in dysguysinge of þe rude vpplandishe people compleyninge on theyr wynes with the boystrus answere of theyr wynes deuysed by lidgate at þe requeste of the countrowlore Brys stayn at louiers (f. 136v, at bottom of leaf before beginning of text on f. 137; note that ‘theyr wynes’ twice written first as ‘his wynes’ and written over to change to ‘theyr’)