The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
O most famous noble king thy fame doth spring and spread
John Skelton[?]. Verses presented to Henry VII (in 1488) by Skelton —
five stanzas rhyme royal including refrain, ‘To see thy king so flowring in
dignytie’ with burden: ‘England, now rejoysse, for joyous may thou bee / To
see thy king so flowring in dignytie’
Author(s): John Skelton (?)
Subjects: Henry VII; Garter, Order of; occasional verse; carols, political; political poems
1.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown
olim Anglesey, Earl of, d. 1684 (MS. 33 in list of his sale)
, f. 169
The Institution, Laws & Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the
London: 1672: 594; rpr. Dyce (1843)
Dyce, Alexander, and Izaak Walton, eds.
The Poetical Works of Skelton and Donne.
Boston: Houghton, Osgood, 1879: 2.345-6.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius B.XII
, f. 59v
O moost noble king thy fame doth spring & sprede
Henry the vii
our souueraigne in yche Region…
…Wherefor now Seint George all we pray to thee
To kepe our
souueraigne In his dignytie
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
Greene, Richard Leighton.
The Early English Carols.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see
also Greene (1935)