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Praising be to God at this beginning
Dedicatory prologue to Stephen Scrope’s version of Christine de Pisan’s Epitre d’Othéa (addressed to Humphrey, Duke of Buckingham or to Sir John Fastolf) — in couplets (with succeeding verse introductions to each of the 100 chapters, one quatrain for chap. VI and following)
Author(s): Stephen Scrope
Title(s): Epitre d’Othéa
Subjects: prologues; dedications; Humphrey, duke of Buckingham; Fastolf, John, sir
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College H.5 (208), ff. 1-59v
First Lines:
Praisyng be to god at this begynnyng
In alle my wordes and soo folowyng…
Last Lines:
…ffor a womman lerned Augustus
To be worshipid & taught him þus
Note: Prose ‘Glose’ and ‘Allegorie’ applied to last ‘Texte’ continue to f. 60.
Attributed Title: Prolouge of the pistell Othea (f. 1); Othea dedicated to the Duke of Bockingham (added by later hand, f. iiv)
Editions:
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women’s Writing in Middle English. London: Longman, 1992: 140-9 (excerpts).
2.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 253, f. 4v
Note: Lacks the Prologue.
Editions:
Warner, Sir George Frederic, ed. The Epistle of Othea to Hector, or, The Boke of Knyghthode. Roxburghe Club 141. London: Nichols, 1904: 5-6 (and interspersed verse, passim).
3.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M775, ff. 200v-274
First Lines:
Othea of prudence manyd goddesse
That settith good hertis in worthinesse…
Last Lines:
…ffor a woman serued Augustus
To be worshipid & tauȝt him thus
Note: With a dedication, formerly listed separately as 1371; prose ends f. 274v.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth th Pistill of Othea the goddesse whiche sent it to Hector whan he was xv yere of age (f. 200v)
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “The Revisions and Dedications of the Epistle of Othea.” Anglia 76 (1958): 266-70: 266).