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Right mighty Prince and it be your will
John Lydgate, letter to Gloucester for money — eight 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including Envoy; refrain ‘Onely for lak of plate and of coignage’ or refrain phrase ‘plate and of coignage’
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: patronage, pleas for; envoys
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2011, ff. 78-79
First Lines:
Right myghty prynse and hit be youre wylle
Condiscende leyser for to take…
Last Lines:
…God sende sone a gladder letuary
With a clere sone of plate and of coignage
Attributed Title: This is the letter that Daun John lidgate Monke of Bury sent to humfrey duke of Glouceter for mony for making of Bochas (f. 78); Explicit littera de dan John lidgate (f. 79)
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 64v-65v
First Lines:
[R]ight myghti prince and it be your wille
Condescende leyser for to take…
Last Lines:
…God sende sone a gladder letuarye
With a clere sowne of plate and of coyngnage
Attributed Title: Explicit littera Dompnus Iohannis Lydgate / Monachus Monasterij on Edmundi de / Bury missa ad Ducem Glowcestrie in tem / pore Translicionis libri Bochasij per / Oportunitate pecunie (f. 65v)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 6-7
First Lines:
Right myghty prince and it be youre wille
Condescende leyser for to take…
Last Lines:
…God send sone a gladder letuary
With a clere sowne of plate and of coygnage
Attributed Title: Explicit littera Dompni Johannis lydgate / Monachi monasterij Sancti Edmundi de / Bury missa ad ducem Gloucestrie in tem / pore translacionis libri Bochasij pro / oportunitate pecunie (f. 7)
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 49-51.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 45v-47
First Lines:
RIght myhty prynce and it be your wille
Condescende leiser for to take…
Last Lines:
…God sende soone a gladdere letuarye
With a cleer son of plate and of coignage
Attributed Author: Explicit quod lydgate (f. 47, in margin)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 665-7.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “Poet and Patron in the Fall of Princes: Lydgate and Humphrey of Gloucester.” Anglia 38 (1914): 121-36: 125-6.
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Edward Tyrrell, eds. A Chronicle of London, from 1079 to 1483. London: Longman, 1827: 278-70.
Norton-Smith, John. John Lydgate: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 366-7.
5.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699, ff. 90-91
First Lines:
RIht myhti prynce and it be your wille
Condescende leiser for to take…
Last Lines:
…God send sone a gladder letuarie
With a cleer sone of plate & of coynage
Attributed Author: Iohannis Lidgate ad domini Gloucestre (f. 89v)
6.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M4, ff. 75v-77
First Lines:
Right myghty prynse and hit be youre will
Condiscende leyser for to take…
Last Lines:
…God sende sone a gladder letuary
With a clere sone of plate and of coynage
Note: Includes last two stanzas as envoy, ‘O sely byll why arte þu not ashamed…’ (76v-77).
Attributed Title: This is the copy of þe letter that dan John lidgate Monke of Bury sent to homfrey duke of Glouceter for mony for the makynge of Bochas (f. 75v)
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “A New Lydgate-Chaucer Manuscript.” Modern Language Notes 52 (1937): 1-9: 2-4.
7.Source: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9, p. 204