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DIMEV 3821
Now would I fain
Prologue to Volume II of Fabyan’s Chronicle, in praise of London and its officers, Part VII, cap. 246 — twelve 8-line stanzas, aaabcccb, and two 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc
Note: Formerly listed under 6322.
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; prologues, to prose texts
Versification: — eight-line — aaabcccb, ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Nero C.XI, ff. 30v-31v
First Lines:
Now wold I ffayn
In wordis playn…
Last Lines:
…This Cyte to prayse in eche degre
As yt shuld duely aske of Ryght
2.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, ff. 1v-2v
First Lines:
Now wold I ffayne
In wordis playne
Soom honour sayne
And bryng to meynd…
Last Lines:
…And to Contynewe the old ffame
The Kyngis Chambre þat þe right name
London to kepe without blame
As it hath hither till



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533 , vol. II, f. i
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: 293-5.
2.Source: STC 10662. 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] , sigs. a.1rb-a.1vb
First Lines:
Nowe wolde I fayne
In wordes playne…
Last Lines:
…This cytie to prayse in eche degre
As it shoulde duely aske of ryght
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: 293-5.