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Of English kings here lieth the beauteous flower
Epitaph for Edward III, translating four lines of Latin verse which precede it, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Edwardi Tercii — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; Edward III, death of; epitaphs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, f. 226v
Transcription:
Of Englissh kinges here lyeth the bewtevous fflour
Of alle before passed And mirrour to them shall sue
A mercyfull kyng of peace conservatour
The thrid Edward the Deth of Whom maye Rue
Alle Inglisshe men ffor he by knyghthood due
Was lybard Invict And by ffeate marciall
To worthy machobe In vertue peregall



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533 , vol. II, f. 123
First Lines:
Of Englysshe kynges here lyeth the beauteuous flour
Of all before passyd and mirrour to them shall sue…
Last Lines:
…Was lyberde inuyct and by feate marcyall
To worthy Machabe in vertue peregall
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 448.
2.Source: STC 10662. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542] , sig. vv.5va-vv.5vb
First Lines:
Of Englshe kynges here lieth the beauteuous floure
Of all beefore passed & mirrour to them shall sue…
Last Lines:
…Was lyberd inuict and by feate Marciall
To woorthy Machabe in vertu peregall