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O ye folks that here present be
John Lydgate, ‘Legend of St. George’ — thirty-five stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Legend of St. George’
Subjects: George, saint, legend of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 200v-204
First Lines:
S ye folkes þat here present be
Which of þis story shal haue inspeccoun…
Last Lines:
…Was brennt vnwarly by consumpsioun
As he repeired home to his mansioun
Note: The illuminated gold initial is indeed ‘S’, probably a mistake.
Attributed Title: Here endeth þe life of seynte Margarete. And begynneth þe lyfe of the glorious martir seint George (f. 200v); Here endeth the lyfe of seynt George. And here begynneth þe prologe of þe xv Ioyes of our ladye (at the end)
Editions:
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “Two Tapestry Poems by Lydgate: the Life of St. George and the Falls of Seven Princes.” Englische Studie 43 (1910-11): 10-26: 13-21.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 74-81
First Lines:
O yee folk þat heer present be
Wheeche of þis story shal haue Inspeccion
Of saint George yee may beholde and see
His martirdome and his passyoun…
Last Lines:
…Was brent vnwarly by consumpcyon
As he repayred hoome to his mansyoun
Attributed Author: daun Iohan þe Munk of Bury Lydegate (p. 74)
Attributed Title: Nexst nowe filowing here bygynneþe þe devyse of a steyned halle of þe lyf of saint George ymagyned by daun Iohan þe Munk of Bury Lydegate and made with þe balade at þe request of þarmorieres of london for þonour of þeyre broþerhoode and þeyre feest of saint George þee poete first declareþe (p. 74); A Storye of Saint George (RT)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 1.145-54.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 134v-117v
First Lines:
[o] yE folke all whyche here in presence be
Whyche of thys history shull haue inspeccion
Of seynt George ye may beholde & see
And howe he ys oure protectour and patron…
Last Lines:
…Was brent meruelously by a consumpcioune
As he repayryd hem to hys mansyoune
Attributed Title: The lyfe of saynt gorge compyled by Iohn ludgate monke of bery at þe request of þe armerers of london to peynt about ther haulle (added by later hand, top margin f. 315); explicit vita sancti Georgii Martiris (f. 317v)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 1.145-54.
4.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 6709 [Mun. A.4.104], ff. 193-198v
First Lines:
O ye ffolkys that here present be
Which of this story shall have Inspeccyon
Off seynt George ye may beholde & see
His martyrdom and his passyon…
Last Lines:
…Was brent vnwarely be consumpsyoun
As he repayred home to his Mansyoun
Attributed Author: Explicit [ ] lydgate… (f. 198v)
Attributed Title: Incipit Vita Sancti Georgii (f. 193)