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That passing goodness the root of all virtue
Verses written to his Mistress, the flower of womanhood, a love epistle — six stanzas rhyme royal including Envoy
Note: Cf. 1452.
Subjects: love letters; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 306, ff. 137v-138
First Lines:
That pasaunt Goodnes the Rote of all vertve
Whiche Rotide is in youre femynete…
Last Lines:
…Say it is hire olde loli þat loueth hire so fre trewe
hire louynge a lone not schanginge for no newe
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other sources. EETS o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 43-4; rev. ed. 71-2.
Chaytor, Henry John. The Troubadours and England. Cambridge: University Press, 1923: 137-8.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 190-1.