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Mother of nurture best beloved of all
To his lady Margaret — eight stanzas rhyme royal and 8-line Envoy
Note: Perhaps originally a triple balade.
Subjects: envoys; Margaret, saint
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , f. 234va-234vb
First Lines:
Mother of norture best beloued of al
And fresshest flour to whom good thrift god se[n]de…
Last Lines:
…Nowe forth I close the in holy Venus name
The shal vnclose my hertes gouerneresse
Note: This copy of printed book missing folio 235, first of Boethius, which follows this; further editions include Stowe (1561), Speght (1598).
Attributed Author: A goodly balade of Chaucer (f. 234va)
Attributed Title: A goodly balade of Chaucer (f. 234va); Thus endeth this balade… (f. 234vb)
Editions:
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 358.
Bell, John, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 14 vols. in 7. The Poets of Great Britain. Edinburgh, 1782; repr. London: Cadell and Davies, 1807: 13.84.
Anderson, Robert. The Works of the British Poets, or, Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain. 13 vols. Vol. 1. Edinburgh, 1793; London, 1795: 1.575.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.319.
The Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer. 5 vols. Chiswick: C. Whittington, 1822: 4.197.
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Richard Morris, eds. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Aldine Edition of the British Poets. 6 vols; orig. ed., 1845; rev. ed. London: Bell and Daldy, 1866: 6.275.
Bell, Robert, ed. Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: J.W. Parker, 1854-6; rev. Walter William Skeat 4 vols. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1878; orig. published 8 vols: 3.413.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1894-7: 7.405.