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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
Note: Editions with unattrib. sources: Chalmers (1810), 1. 548-51; Wright (1859), 2.4-15; Skeat (1894), 7.205-16; Macaulay (1900), 2.481-92.
Author(s): John Gower
Title(s): In Praise of Peace
Subjects: political poems
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 59495 [olim Trentham Hall], ff. 5-10v
First Lines:
O worþi noble Kyng Henry þe ferþe
In whom þe glade fortune is befalle…
Last Lines:
…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).
Editions:
Forni, Kathleen, ed. The Chaucerian Apocrypha: A Selection. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2005.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, Thynne, 1532 , ff. 375va-377vb
First Lines:
O Noble worthy kyng Henry the ferthe
In whom the gladde fortune us befal…
Last Lines:
…Kepe charite and drawe pyte to hande
Maynteyn lawe and so the peace shal stande
Note: Followed by Latin verse colophon, ff. 377vb-378ra.
Attributed Author: Johan Gower… (f. 375va); Explicit carmen de pacis quod ad laudem…suis humilis orator Johannes Gower composuit (f. 377vb)
Attributed Title: Johan Gower vnto the worthy and noble kynge Henry the fourth (f. 375va)