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O prudent folks taketh heed
John Lydgate, ‘Bycorne and Chychevache’ — nineteen stanzas rhyme royal with occasional prose to introduce speakers
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Bycorne and Chychevache’
Subjects: satires; dialogues; marriage
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, British Library Addit. 29729: in London, British Library Harley 2251 instead.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 157v-159
First Lines:
[O] prudent folkes taketh hede
And remembre in your lyues
How thys story doth procede
Of the housbondes and her wyfes…
Last Lines:
…Of lyfe and deth betwyxt twayne
lynked in a double chayne
Attributed Author: Compyled by Iohn ludgate monke of berye at the request of a worthye syttesyne of london to be peynted in a perler (added by a later hand, f. 159)
Attributed Title: Expliciunt Balades of Bycorn and Chicheuache (f. 159)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 10-15
First Lines:
O prudent folkes takeþe heed
And Remembreþe in youre lyves
Howe þis story doþe procede
Of þe housbandes and þeyre wyves…
Last Lines:
…Of lyff and deeth bytwix tweyne
Lynkeld in a double cheyne
Attributed Title: Þe fourome of desguysinges (added by later hand, top f. 10); Loo sirs þe deuise of a peynted or desteynede clothe for an halle a parlour or a chaumbre deuysed by Iohan Lidegate at þe request of a worþy citeseyn of London ffirst þere shal stonde an ymage in poete wyse seying þees thre balades (Shirley’s hand, f. 10)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 433-8.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 115-18.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 244v-246v
First Lines:
O prudent folkes takith heede
And remembrith in youre lyves…
Last Lines:
…Of lyf and deth betwixt tweyne
Lynkeld in a double cheyne
Editions:
Dodsley, Robert, ed. A Select Collection of Old Plays. 12 vols. London: H. Nichols, 1780, 1827: 12.335.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 129-35.
Montaiglon, Anatole de. Recueil de poésies francoises de Xve et XVIe siècles morales, facétieuses, historiques. 13 vols. Paris: Jannet, 1855-78: 11.280-3.
Morley, Henry, ed. Shorter English Poems. London, NY: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1876: 54-6.
Neilson, William Allan, and Kenneth Grant Tremaye Webster. Chief British Poets of the 14th and 15th Centuries London: Dent; and New York: Dutton, 1916: 220.