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O Lobe Lobe on thy soul God have mercy
‘The Epytaphye of Lobe, the Kynges foole’ [to Henry VIII] — seven stanzas rhyme royal
Note: See Schoeck (1951).
Title(s): ‘The Epytaphye of Lobe, the Kynges foole’
Subjects: Henry VIII; epitaphs; satire
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], f. 27v
First Lines:
O lobbe Lobe on thy sowle God haue mercye
For as Petre ys princeps apostolorum
Last Lines:
…God amend alle folys that thynke themselfe none
For many be alyve thouȝhe Lobe be gone
Note: Transcribed from Swain (1932), 56-7.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Nugae Poeticae: Select Pieces of Old English Popular Poetry, Illustrating the Manners and Arts of the Fifteenth Century. London: J. R. Smith, 1844: 44-6.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “Liedersammlungen des xvi. Jahrhunderts…IV.” Anglia 31 (1908): 309-96: 346-7.
Swain, Barbara. Fools and Folly During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. New York: Columbia University Press, 1932: 56-7.