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On holy hills which beth of great renown
John Lydgate, ‘Gloriosa Dicta sunt de Te’ (The Virgin Mary likened to the New Jerusalem) — twenty-nine 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Gloriosa Dicta sunt de Te
Subjects: Virgin Mary, praise of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 1-8
First Lines:
On hooly hilles wheeche beoþe of gret Renoun
Reysed on heght frome þe valeys lowe
I saughe þe grounde and þe foundacion
Of a Cyte aboue þe Reynebow…
Last Lines:
…Whane we passe hens by mercy make vs dwelle
Where glory and thinges be sayde and song of þee
Attributed Author: Lidegate daun Iohn þe Munk of Bury (p. 1); Balade of oure ladye by Lidegate (added by later hand, p. 1)
Attributed Title: Loo my freendes here beginneþe þe translacyoune out of latyne in to englisshe of Gloriosa dicta sunt de te & c. translated by Lidegate daun Iohn þe Munk of Bury at þinstaunce of þe Busshop of excestre in Wyse of Balade beholdeþe and redeþe I prey yowe (p. 1); a Devoute songe made by Lydegate Of oure Ladye (RT); Balade of oure ladye by Lidegate (added by later hand, p. 1)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems. EETS e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 315-23.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, f. 239-242v
First Lines:
IN holy hilles whiche bien of grete Renoun
Reysed on heyght from the valeys lowe…
Last Lines:
…Whan we passe hens by mercy make vs dwelle
Wher glorious thynges bien sayde and song of the
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 135-139v
First Lines:
On hooly hillys moost famous of Renoun
Reysed on heyghte from the Valeys lowe…
Last Lines:
…Whan we passe hens by mercy make vs dwelle
Ther gloryous thynges be seid and songe of the
Attributed Author: Explicit quod lydgate (f. 139v, in margin)
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 146v-149v
First Lines:
On holly hylles whyche beoth of gret renoun
reysed on hyght from the vales lowe…
Last Lines:
…whan we passe hens by mercy make vs dwell
wher gloriouse thynges be sayd and songe of the
Note: Ends ‘fines’ (f. 149v).
Attributed Author: lidgate dane Iohn the munke of bury (f. 146v)
Attributed Title: Loo my frendes here beginneth the translacyoune out of latine in to engelyshe of gloriosa dicta sunt de te & translated by lidgate dane Iohn the munke of bury at thynstaunce of the bushope of excestre in wyse of a balade beholdeth and redethe I preye yow (f. 146v)
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 55v-56
First Lines:
[I?]n holy hillis whiche beth of þ grete renown
Rised on height from the valeys lowe
Last Lines:
How glorious thynges bien song and said of the
Thow art the temple and the chosen toure
Note: Interrupts 4078; incomplete and crossed out with an ‘X’, lines 1-57.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 57-57v
First Lines:
[I?]N holy hillis whiche bien of grete Renoun
Rysed on heyght from the valeys lowe…
Last Lines:
And descende into thy tabernacle
How glorious thynges bien sunge and seyde of the
Note: Follows a heading copied from Shirley; lines 1-40 only; lines 25-40 crossed out with an ‘X’. Following recto and verso left blank and skipped in the modern foliation.
Attributed Title: Lo my freendis here bigynnyth the translacioun of of latyn / in to Inglyssh of Gloriosa dicta sunt de te & cetera Translated / by lidgate Dan Iohn Monke of Bury At the Instaunce of þe / Bisshoppe of Exetere in Balade wise biholde and Rede I prey yow (f. 57)