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Sing I would but alas decedunt prospera grata
Macaronic verses lamenting the Evils of the Age, temp. Richard II — 236 lines in quatrains, alternately English and Latin lines
Subjects: evils of the times; satires; estates literature; manners; clothing, against extremes of
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), f. 59
Transcription:
Synge I wold but alas discedant prospera grata
Inglond sum tyme was recuorum gemma parata
Of manhode the floure vbi quondam fuerunt homines
But now is gome þat owre traduntur talia sompnis
Note: Lines 1-4 only.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 536, f. 34
Editions:
Fairholt, Frederick William. “Satirical Songs and Poems on Costume.” Percy Society 27. London: Richards, 1849: 44-8.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 941, f. 21v
4.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 516, ff. 108-110
First Lines:
Syngyn y wolde but alas
discendunt procedunt prospera grata
Englond sum tyme was
Regnorum gemma vocata
Last Lines:
…In age as he growyt
sua gestat gratia fructu
fful welle þat he knowe
quantum sit anglia luctu
O rex si rex es rege te
vel eris sine re rex
Nomen habes sine re
ubi to recte que regas rex
Note: 140 lines.
Attributed Title: Explicit Auctore scriptum / Nunc finem feci dai mihi quod merui (f. 108)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 70-8.