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A forward knave plainly to describe
John Lydgate, ‘A Satyrical Ballad against Jack Hare’ — ten 8-line stanzas with refrain: ‘Whiche of a bolle can pluk out the lyneng’
Note: Cf. 6601.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A Satyrical Ballad against Jack Hare’
Subjects: ballads; satire; envoys
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 54v-56
First Lines:
A ffroward knave pleynly to descryve
and a sloggard schortly to declare…
Last Lines:
…with on wasshen handis not lased his doublet
out of a bolle to plukke out the lynyng
Attributed Title: HEre gynneth a tale of froward maymond (f. 54v)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 445-7.
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 12.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 397-9.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 14-14v
First Lines:
A froward knawe plainly to discryve
And a sluggard plainly to declare…
Last Lines:
…With unwasshe hands nat lacid his doublet
Out of a bolle to pluk out the lyneng
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.13-14.
3.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699, ff. 88v-89v
First Lines:
A ffroward knave pleynly to declaredescrybe
And asluggard shortly to declare…
Last Lines:
…And thi month for thou art euyr drye
Out of a pott to plukk out the lynyng
Note: Three additional stanzas
Attributed Title: Incipit descripcio garcionis (f. 88); Explicit descriptio garcionis (f. 89v)
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 2.52-5.
4.Source: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9, f. 101v
Note: Three additional stanzas.
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 445-7.