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DIMEV 3564
Most virginal flower of all most excellent
Author’s salute to the Virgin Mary in relation to the first of seven joys, at end of Part I of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part I, cap. 27, translating Latin verse of which the beginning only is given preceding — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Second word corrected to ‘virgynall’ in subsequent printings.
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; Virgin Mary, salutation to; Virgin Mary, joys of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: 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]



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
First Lines:
Most mergynall flour of al most excellent
Percyng of Angells þe hyest Gerarchy…
Last Lines:
…Of his blessed seynts with moste hye dignite
Next after hym most honoured to be
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: 19.