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The sun with his beams of brightness
Thomas Hoccleve, Balade to Henry Somer — four 8-line stanzas
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): Balade to Henry Somer
Subjects: Somer, Henry
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 111 [olim Phillipps 8151], ff. 38v-39
First Lines:
The Sonne with his bemes of brightnesse
To man so kyndly is & norisshynge…
Last Lines:
…And þit this rowndel shul we synge & seye
In trust of yow & honour of your name
Note: Followed by a roundel, 5055.
Attributed Title: Cestes Balade & chanceon ensuyantz feurent faites a mon Meistre H. Somer quant il estoit Souztresorer (f. 38v)
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
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: 1.59-60.
Morley, Henry, ed. Shorter English Poems. London, NY: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1876: 55-6.
Neilson, William Allan, and Kenneth Grant Tremaye Webster. Chief British Poets of the 14th and 15th Centuries London: Dent; and New York: Dutton, 1916: 204.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 66-7.
Mason, George, ed. Poems by Thomas Hoccleve Never Before Printed. London: Roworth, 1796.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 51-2.