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The order of fools full yore agone begun
John Lydgate, The Order of Fools — twenty-two 8-line stanzas
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): The Order of Fools
Subjects: fools, order of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 638 (SC 2078), ff. 219-219v
First Lines:
The ordre of ffolys well yare age bigonne
Newly provessid encrecyth the Couente…
Last Lines:
…Or when that sperado louyth pa[ramours]
On [of] the noumbre that will neure the
Note: Six stanzas only, omits lines 41-48 and 57-176.
Attributed Title: The ordre of ffolys (219); The Ordre (RT)
Facsimiles:
Robinson, Pamela. “Introduction.” Manuscript Bodley 638: A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1982.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 648 (SC 2291), ff. 19-21
First Lines:
[T]he order of fooles fele yere a goo begunne
Newly professyd encresyd the couent…
Last Lines:
…With hores hasardores to hold her resydens
Honge þem vp for þey shall neuer thee
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 56-60
First Lines:
The ordre of foolis ful yore agoon be gonne
neuly professed encreseth the kovent…
Last Lines:
…ther bulle [ ]sselyd concludyng in sentence
noon of th[ ] ordre is neuer lyk to the
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a tale of thre skore ffoolys and thre wich ar lyk neuer ffor to the (f. 56)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 2.449-55.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], ff. 24-26v
First Lines:
[T]He order of folis ful yore ago bigonne
Newly professid encresith the covent…
Last Lines:
…Swiche false Erwygges suche covert losengeours
Asseale vp theyr patent for they shal neuer the
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Nero A.VI, ff. 194v-195
First Lines:
The ordre of folys ful yore be gonne
Nwly professyd encresith the couente…
Last Lines:
…[H]er bul enselyd concludyng in sentence
[Th]at none of al þys ordyr ys neuer like to the
Note: 24 stanzas. Folio number reflects the most recent foliation. Some text runs down left margin and line beginnings have been lost through trimming.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Queene Elizabethes Achademy, etc. EETS e.s. 8 (1869); repr. 1973: 79-84.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 374, f. 22
Note: Stanzas 6, 10, 12, 13, and 14 only.
Editions:
Bowers, Robert Hood. “Lydgate’s The Order of Fools in Harley MS 374.” Modern Language Notes 67 (1952): 534-6.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 274-276v
First Lines:
THe order of foles ful yore ago bigonne
Newly professed encresith the covent…
Last Lines:
…Suche false Erwygges suche covert losengeours
Enseale vp theyr patent for they shul neuer the
Note: 24 stanzas.
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 164.