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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
Subjects: Henry VI; occasional verse; envoys
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600)
, pp. 149-152
Þis hardy foole þis bridde victoryous
foole mooste Imperyal
Of his nature fiers and corageous
scripture þe foole celestyal…
…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)
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems.
o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 649-51.
Robbins, Rossell Hope,
Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries.
2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 88-90.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251
, ff. 249v
THis hardy sowle this bridde victorious
This stately sowle most
…And to yow pryncesse he wil also ther be
Helth and welfare
Ioye and prosperyte
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard,
A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate.
2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 213-16.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729
, ff. 145v
This hardy foole this bryd victoryous
this stately fole moste
…and to youre pryncesse he woll also ther be
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)