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Prefulgent in preciousness O Synope the Queen
‘The ix ladyes worthy’, a pseudo-Chaucerian poem — nine stanzas rhyme royal
Note: See 1666.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer (attrib.)
Title(s): ‘The ix ladyes worthy’
Subjects: Worthies, Nine, female
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 110v-111
First Lines:
Prefulgent in precyousnes o Synope the quene
Of all femynyne beryng the septre and Regaly
Subduyng the large contrey of Ermony as hyt was sene
Maugre theyr myghtes thow brought theym to aply…
Last Lines:
…The proud grekes myghtyly she dyd assayle
Ouercame and venquysshed theym in batayle
Note: Names of ladies, ‘Quene Sinope’, ‘Lady Ipolyte’, etc. in margins beside stanzas for each.
Attributed Author: by Chaucer (added by later hand, f. 110v)
Attributed Title: The ix ladyes worthy (f. 110v); Explicit the baladys of the ix worthyes of ladyes (f. 111)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5075. Chaucer, Geoffrey, The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere, [Imprinted at London: By Ihon Kyngston, for Ihon Wight, dwellyng in Poules Churchyarde], 1561
Note: Further editions include Chaucer, Geoffrey, Workes, Speght, 1598 .
Editions:
Urry, John, ed. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London: B. Lintot, 1721: 555.
Bell, John, ed. The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. 14 vols. in 7. The Poets of Great Britain. Edinburgh, 1782; repr. London: Cadell and Davies, 1807: 1.586.
Chalmers, Alexander, ed. The Works of the English Poets from Chaucer to Cowper. London, 1810; repr. New York: Greenwood, 1969: 1.561-2.