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The rose of the world but not the clean flower
Epitaph for Rosamond, mistress of Henry II, said to have been on her tomb at Godstowe Nunnery in Oxford, translating a Latin couplet which precedes it, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Part VII, cap. 238 — one stanza rhyme royal
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; epitaphs
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
First Lines:
The rose of the world but not the clene floure
Is here nowe grauen to whom bewtye was lent…
Last Lines:
…Thoughe she were sweete nowe fowly doth she stynke
A myrror good for all that on her thynke
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: 277.
2.Source: STC 10662. 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] , sig. D.2va-D.2vb
First Lines:
The Rose of the worlde but not the cleane floure
Is here nowe grauen to whome bewtye was lente…
Last Lines:
…Thoughe she were swete nowe fowly doth she stynke
A myrroure good for all that on her thynke