The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Saint Nicholas in whose day was born
Verses celebrating King Henry VI’s laying the foundation stone of
King’s College in 1441 — one eight-line stanza
Subjects: Henry VI, foundation of King’s College
1.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College Muniments KC 56 (olim Register of Bulls, Box M.9)
, f. 16
Seint Nicholas in whos day was borne henry the sext our souerein lord the
After that his excellence at Etone had leyd the anoynted stone
stablisshed this werke hys clergy tenderly remembryng
The yere of oure lorde
a thousand foure hundred fourty and one
The secunde day of Aprill that tyme
sunday in the passion
The xix yere of reigne here kneling on his knee
the honour of seint Nicholas first founded this edificacion
With whom in
heuen to be laureat graunt might the holy trinitee
Note: Follows ten-line Latin text which it translates.
Willis, Robert, and John Willis Clark.
Architectural History of the University of Cambridge and of the
Colleges of Cambridge and Eton.
2 vols. Cambridge: University Press, 1886: 1.321-2.