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Perfect and prudent Richard by right the second
Epitaph for Richard II after his body had been translated to Westminster, translating three couplets of Latin verse which precede it, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Henrici Quarti — two stanzas rhyme royal
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; Richard II, burial of; epitaphs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, f. 321v
First Lines:
Parfight and prudent Richard by right the Second
Venquysshed by fortune lieth here now graven in Stone
Trewe of his word And therto well resound
Semely of persone And like to Omer as one…
Last Lines:
…Wherfore to Pryncis Is surest Memory
Their lives to excercise In vertuous constancy



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533 , vol. II, f. 180
First Lines:
Parfyght and prudent Rycharde by ryght the seconde
Vaynquysshed by fortune lyeth here nowe grauen in stone…
Last Lines:
…Wherefore to pryncys is surest memory
Theyr lyues to exercyse in vertous constancy
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: 569.
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. Fff.4ra
First Lines:
Perfyghte and prudente Rycharde by ryghte the seconde
Vaynquyshed by fortune lyeth here nowe grauen in stone…
Last Lines:
…Wherefore to prynces is surest memorye
Theyr lyues to exersyce in verteous constancy
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: 569.