John Lydgate, the Envoy to Lydgate’s prose Serpent of Division
— three eight-line stanzas
Note: 18th-century transcript by Ainsworth [uncertain of which MS] is London, British Library Addit. 38179, f. 60v.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Serpent of Division
Lydgate, John, This lytell treatyse compendiously declareth the damage and destruction
in realmes caused by the serpente of diuision
, [London]: Newly and of late imprinted by me
Roberte Redman, dwellynge at London in Flete Strete at the sygne of the George, [ca. 1535]
Note: Further printings,
Lydgate, John, The serpent of diuision Whych hathe euer bene yet the chefest vndoer of
any region or citie, set forth after the auctours old copy, by I.S., [Imprinted at Londo[n]:
By Owen Rogers dwelling in Smithfielde, by the Hospital in litle S. Bartelmewes], Anno. M.D.L.IX.
 the. iiii. of May , and
Lydgate, John, The serpent of deuision VVherein is conteined the true history of mappe
of Romes ouerthrowe, gouerned by auarice, enuye, and pride, the decaye of empires be they neuer so
sure. Whereunto is annexed the tragedye of Gorboduc, sometime king of this land, and of his two
sonnes, Ferrex and Porrex. Set foorth as the same was shewed before the Queenes most excellent
Maiesty, by the Gentlemen of the Inner Temple, At London: Printed by Edward Allde for Iohn
Perrin, and are to be sold in Paules Church yard, at the signe of the Angell, 1590 .