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This present book legible in scripture
Three eight-line stanzas (ababbcbc) written on a chained Psalter belonging to John Harpur, who established the parish of Rushall, Staffordshire
Subjects: Harpur, John, of Rushall (Staffs.); bookplates
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Nottingham, Nottingham University Library Mellish Lm 1 [olim Mellish; olim Hadsock Priory nr Worksop], f. 20v
First Lines:
This present book legible in scripture
Here in this place is tached with a cheyn
Purposed of entent for to endure
And here perpetuelli stylle to remeyne…
Last Lines:
…Ar hyly bondon to pray the souereyn
Lord of all lordes present hym to hys moder
Note: Book still retains its chain.
Editions:
Clark, J. W. “English Verses in a Fifteenth Century Manuscript.” Cambridge Antiquarian Society, Communications 11 (or. n.s. 5) (1903-6): 75-101: 76-7.
Britton, John, ed. The Beauties of England and Wales. 19 vols. in 26 parts London: Vernor, Hood and Sharpe, 1801-1815: (Staffordshire) 1103.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 86-7.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 23-4.