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This book thus to have ended had I thought
Prologue to Hoccleve’s Tale of Jonathas (see 6529) — twelve stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): Tale of Jonathas
Subjects: prologues
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 53 (SC 3441), ff. 134v-136
First Lines:
This book to han endid had I thouȝt
But my frende made me chaunge my cast…
Last Lines:
…The copie on þe morede sente he me
And þus I wroot as ȝe may here see
Attributed Title: Here bigynneþ þe prologe of the tale of Ionatas (f. 134v ), Here endith the Prolog and bygynneth the tale (at the end)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 221 (SC 27627), ff. 44-45
First Lines:
This booke to haue endid had y thoght
But my frende made me chaunge my caste…
Last Lines:
…The copy on the morowe sent he me
And thus I wrote as þe may here see
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth þe prolog of of Jonathan (f. 44); Here endith þe prolog and begynnyth þe tale (at the end)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. d.4 (SC 30126), ff. 21-22
First Lines:
That thing ys dere and euere dere bouht
That the soule sleeth and the body distroieth…
Last Lines:
…The copye on the morwe sent he me
And thus I wrote as ye may hope se
Note: 10 stanzas, first two stanzas missing (probably have never been copied).
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 735 (SC 1504), ff. 42v-43v
First Lines:
This book to have endid had I thoght
But my frende made me chaunge my cast…
Last Lines:
…The copye on þe morow sent he me
And þus I wrote As ȝe may here see
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth þe prologg of þe tale of Ionathas (f. 42)
5.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Acc. 325/1, ff. 64vb-65rb
First Lines:
THis boke to han eendid had I thouht
But my freende made me chaunge my cast…
Last Lines:
…The copie on þe morowe sent he me
And thus I wrote as ye man here se
Note: Twelve stanzas rhyme royal in this MS.
Attributed Title: Here beginnith þe prolog of þe tale of Jonathas (f. 64vb); Here endith þe prologe and biginneth þe tale (f. 65rb)
6.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, ff. 77-79
First Lines:
This book thus to han endid had y thoght
But my freend made me change my cast…
Last Lines:
…The copie on the morke sente he me
And thus y wroot as yee may heere see
Note: Scribe Thomas Hoccleve.
Attributed Title: Hic additur alia fabula ad instanciam amici mei predilecti assiduam (f. 77); Explicit prologus & incipit fabula de quadam muliere mala (f. 79)
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: 215-18.
7.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 493 [olim Phillipps 8267; Robinson (July 1952); Bodmer], ff. 42-43
First Lines:
This book to have endid had I thoght
But my frende made me chaunge my cast…
Last Lines:
…The copie on þe morow sent he me
And thus I wrotte as ȝe may here see
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth þe prologg of þe tale of Ionathas (f. 42)