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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
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Anglesey, Earl of, d. 1684 (MS. 33 in list of his sale), f. 169
Editions:
Ashmole, Elias. The Institution, Laws & Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. 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
First Lines:
O moost noble king thy fame doth spring & sprede
Henry the vii our souueraigne in yche Region…
Last Lines:
…Wherefor now Seint George all we pray to thee
To kepe our souueraigne In his dignytie
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 264-5.