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NIMEV TP 115
All things contrived by mans reason
John Skelton, ‘Magnyfycence’ — 2567 lines in varied stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 115.
Author(s): John Skelton
Title(s): ‘Magnyfycence’
Subjects: transitoriness, of world
Versification: — seven-line, two-line — ababbcc, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library Dyce 25.F.44 (MS Dyce 49), pp. 4-106
First Lines:
Al thyngys contryvyd by mannys reason
The world envyronnyd of hygh and low estate…
Last Lines:
Redresse. And ye that haue harde this dysporte and game
Ihesus preserue you from endlesse wo and shame
A M E N
Note: Transcribed by Joseph Ritson (eitheenth century).
Attributed Author: Mayster Skelton poet laureate (p. 1)
Attributed Title: Magnyfycence, / A Goodly Interlude and a Me / ry devysed and made by mayster Skelton poet / laureate late de / ceaseyd. (p. 1)
Editions:
Skelton, John. Magnyfycence; a interlude. Roxburghe Club 31. Repr. London: G. Woodfall, for the Roxburghe Club, 1821.
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.226-310.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 2.3-124.
Ramsay, Robert Lee, ed. John Skelton: Magnyfycence. EETS e.s. 98 (1908); repr. 1976.
Farmer, John Stephen, ed. Skelton’s Magnyfycence. Tudor Facsimile Texts London, 1910.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 173-256; 1948, 1959, 165-244.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22607. Skelton, John, Magnyfycence, A Goodly Interlude and a Mery, [P. Treveris f. J. Rastell, 1530?] , sigs. aa.2-aa.5
Attributed Author: Mayster Skelton poet laureate
Attributed Title: Magnyfycence, A Goodly Interlude and a Mery
Editions:
Skelton, John. Magnyfycence; a interlude. Roxburghe Club 31. Repr. London: G. Woodfall, for the Roxburghe Club, 1821.
Dyce, Alexander, ed. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. 2 vols. London: T. Rodd, 1843: 1.226-310.
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds. The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 2.3-124.
Ramsay, Robert Lee, ed. John Skelton: Magnyfycence. EETS e.s. 98 (1908); repr. 1976.
Farmer, John Stephen, ed. Skelton’s Magnyfycence. Tudor Facsimile Texts London, 1910.
Henderson, Phillip. The Complete Poems of John Skelton, laureate. London: J. M. Dent, 1931; further eds. 1948, 1959: 173-256; 1948, 1959, 165-244.