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O worthy noble King Henry the fourth
John Gower, In Praise of Peace — fifty-five stanzas rhyme royal with an
introductory seven lines in Latin
Author(s): John Gower
Title(s): In Praise of Peace
Subjects: political poems
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 59495 [olim Trentham Hall]
, ff. 5-10v
O worþi noble Kyng Henry þe ferþe
In whom þe
glade fortune is befalle…
…Kep charite and draugh pite to honde
Maintene lawe and so
þe pes schal stonde
Note: Eighteenth-century transcript is London, British Library Addit. 59496.
Attributed Author: Iohannes Gower composuit (f. 10v).
Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes
, Thynne, 1532 , ff. 375va
O Noble worthy kyng Henry the ferthe
In whom the gladde fortune us
…Kepe charite and drawe pyte to hande
Maynteyn lawe and so the
peace shal stande
Note: Followed by Latin verse colophon, ff.
Attributed Author: Johan Gower… (f. 375va); Explicit carmen de pacis quod
ad laudem…suis humilis orator Johannes Gower composuit (f.
Attributed Title: Johan Gower vnto the worthy and noble kynge Henry the fourth (f.