Coplande’s Prologue to Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls in the
1530 de Worde edition, four eight-line stanzas
Subjects: introductions; printers’ prologues
Chaucer, Geoffrey, The assemblie of foules Here foloweth the assemble of foules veray
pleasaunt and compendyous to rede or here compyled by the preclared and famous clerke Geffray
, [Imprynted in london: In Flete strete at the sygne of the Sonne agaynste the condyte,
by me Wynkyn de Worde, The. xxiiij. day of Ianuary, in the yere of our lorde. M.CCCCC. amp; xxx.
(1530)] , sig. a.1v
Newes newes newes haue ye ony newes
Myne eres ake to here you call
Ben bokes made with whystelynge and whewes
Ben there not yet
ynow to your fantasye…
…yet gentyll clerkes folowe hym ye ought
That dyd endyte the
parlyament of foules
Note: Huntington R. B. 31325, f. iv.
Attributed Author: Roberte Coplande boke prynter to new fanglers (sig.