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The ladder of heaven I mean charity
Thomas Hoccleve, Address to Sir John Oldcastle — sixty-four 8-line stanzas
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): Address to Sir John Oldcastle
Subjects: historical poems; Oldcastle, John, sir
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 111 [olim Phillipps 8151], ff. 1-2v; 8-16v
First Lines:
The laddre of heuene I meene charitee
Comandith vs if our brothir be falle…
Last Lines:
…Thee hie as faste as þat thow canst dyuyse
And humble eek thee to him for any thyng
Note: Transcript in Oxford, Bodleian Library James 34 (SC 3871), pp. 2-20 (Grosart (1880)); also in London, British Library Greenville 35 (but Hamer (1995) lists this latter as unidentified).
Attributed Title: Ceste feust faite au temps que le Roy Henri le Vt que dieu pardoint feust a hampton sur son primer passage vers harflete (f. 1)
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Smith, Lucy Toulmin. “Ballad by Thomas Ocleve addressed to Sir John Oldcastle (A.D. 1415).” Anglia 5 (1882): 9-42: 23-37.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 1.8-24.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library James 34 (SC 3871), pp. 2-14
First Lines:
The ladder of hevene I meene charitee
Comandith vs if our brothis be falle…
Last Lines:
…The hie as faste as that thow canst devyse
And humble eek thee to him for any thing
Note: 73 stanzas. On f. iii: ‘Thi legend and defence of þe Nobli knight and Martyr Sir Ihon Oldcastel sett forth By Richard Iames Bachelour of Divinitie and fellowr of CCC in Oxford’. On p. 2: ‘Ceste feust faicte au temps que le Roy Henri le cinquiesme que Dieu pardoins feust a Helmpton sur son primer passage vers Harflete’. At end: ‘Cest tout’. Followed by ‘Observations vppon Hoccleve’ by RI.