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This hardy fool this bird victorious
John Lydgate, Balade on a New Year’s Gift of an Eagle presented to King Henry VI in 1428 — eleven stanzas rhyme royal and Envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Balade on a New Year’s Gift of an Eagle presented to King Henry VI in 1428
Subjects: Henry VI; occasional verse; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 149-152
First Lines:
Þis hardy foole þis bridde victoryous
Þis staately foole mooste Imperyal
Of his nature fiers and corageous
Called in scripture þe foole celestyal…
Last Lines:
…And to yow pryncesse he wol also þer be
Helth and welfare Ioye and prosparytee
Attributed Author: made by Ledegate (p. 149)
Attributed Title: Þis balade was gyven vn to þe Kyng Henry þe vj and to his moder þe qweene kateryne sittyng at þe mete vpon þe yeris day in þe Castell of Hertford made by Ledegate (p. 149, of which ‘þe vj’ is added by a later hand); Balade made to þe Kyng Henry and to þe qwene Kateryne (RT)
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 649-51.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 88-90.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 249v-250v
First Lines:
THis hardy sowle this bridde victorious
This stately sowle most Imperial…
Last Lines:
…And to yow pryncesse he wil also ther be
Helth and welfare Ioye and prosperyte
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 213-16.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 145v-146v
First Lines:
This hardy foole this bryd victoryous
this stately fole moste imperyall…
Last Lines:
…and to youre pryncesse he woll also ther be
.helth and wellfare Ioye and prosperyte
Note: Ends ‘explicit’ (f. 146v).
Attributed Author: lidgate (f. 145v)
Attributed Title: this balade was gyuen vnto þe kyng henry and to hys moder the quene kateryne sittyng at þe mete vpon the yeares day in the castell of hertford made by lidgate & cetera (f. 145v)