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Most worthy prince of whom the noble fame
A Defence of Holy Church, by Lydgate — twenty-one stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): A Defence of Holy Church
Subjects: Holy Church; political poems; advice, to princes
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 1245, ff. 182v-183
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 30-5.
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 30.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1212, ff. 3-3v
First Lines:
Most worthy prynce off whome þe noble fame
In vertu flouryth & in hygh prudence…
Last Lines:
…The schippe gan rest out off all dawynge
Maugre þe rokys off vengeaunce mercyles
Note: Stanzas 1-8; ends incomplete, seven stanzas rhyme royal plus two lines of eighth stanza; in top margin of fol. 3, drawing of bull’s head with scroll, ‘Laste ne[…]’; bottom margin f. 3v, ‘ȝoures allone with outyn otheris parte’ and ‘Mon euere ma dite qui serra Ieoyous’.
Editions:
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 30.