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The King of Kings that Lord that ruleth all
Prayer that God punish the people unless they turn away from sin, said to have been composed by a Welsh knight after his death (i.e. by his ghost), translating Latin line which precedes it, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Johannis — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: Formerly included under 6322.
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; prayers, for the nation; translations; curses
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542]



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, f. 23
Transcription:
The kyng of kyngis that lord that Ruleth all
And in whose power all thyng is Conteyned
This Realm for Synne he distroy shall
Wyth doble plage be thereof Asserteyned
Except the people hereaftir be Refreyned
ffrom Synne And theym to vertuous Alye
And vyce before vsid Vttyrly Renye



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533 , vol. II, f. 12
First Lines:
The kynge of kynges that Lorde that ruleth all
And in whose power all thynge is conteynyd…
Last Lines:
…From synne and them to vertuous lyfe alye
And vyce before vsyd vtterly renye
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 314.