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To call Clio my dullness to redress
John Lydgate, Life of St. Alban and St. Amphibal — 4724 lines generally in rhyme royal
Note: Cf. 3833.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Life of St. Alban and St. Amphibal
Subjects: saints’ lives; Alban, saint, life of; Amphibal, saint, life of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 38, f. 1
2.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699, ff. 96-175
First Lines:
To calle Clio my dulnesse to redresse
With alle hir sustren dwellyng at Elicon…
Last Lines:
…Worthi bi vertu & bi Roial lyne
To be registred a mong the worthi nyne
Attributed Author: written by Iohn Lidgate at the request of Mr Iohn Whetchamsted abbot of St Albons in the yeare 1439 (f. 96, later hand)
Attributed Title: The legend of Saint Alban written (f. 96, later hand); Heer endith the livis & passiouns of seynt Albon & seynt Amphibal translatid out of frenssh & latin bi dan Iohn lidgate at the request of Mastir Iohn Whetehamstede abbot of seynt Albon the yeer of our lord M CCCC XXIX (f. 176v)
Editions:
Westhuizen, J. E. van der, and Siegfried Wenzel, eds. John Lydgate, The Life of St. Alban and St. Amphibal. Leiden: Brill, 1974.
3.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 129, ff. 1-67v
Note: Begins imperfectly.
4.Source: London, Inner Temple Petyt 511.11 (Part XI), ff. 1-65
First Lines:
TO call Clio My dulnesse to Redresse
With all her Sustres dwellyng at Elicon…
Last Lines:
…Like an Ymage voyde of all dyvisoun
O prothomartir of Brutus Albioun
Attributed Title: Thus endeth the gloryous lyff and Passoun of the / blessid Martyr Seynt Alboun and seynt Amphiball / Which glorious lyves were translatyd oute of ffrenssh / and latein by Dan Iohn Lidgate Monke of Bury / att the Request and prayer of Maister Iohn / Whethamstede the yere of oure lord Ml CCCC and / xxxix and of the seid Mayster Iohn Whethamstede / of his Abbesye xix yere (f. 65v)
5.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], ff. 1-67
First Lines:
TO call Clio my dulnesse to redresse
With all her susters dwelling at Elicon…
Last Lines:
…Like an ymage voide of divisioun
O prothomartir of Brutis Albioun
Attributed Title: Here endith the glorious lyf and passyon of the blessid martir Seint Albone and seint Amphiball which glorious livis were translatid oute of ffrenssh and latyn by dane Iohn Lydgate Monke of Bury at þe request and prayer of Master Iohn Whethamstede the yere of oure lord Ml CCCC xxxix and of the said Master Iohn Whethamstede of his Abisse xix (f. 67)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 256. Here begynnethe the glorious lyfe and passion of seint Albon prothomartyr of Englande, and also the lyfe and passion of saint Amphabel whiche conuerted saint Albon to the fayth of Christe, [[St. Albans: J. Herford] the .xxvi. yere of our soueraigne lorde kyng Henry the eyght. and in the yere of our lorde God. M.D.xxx.iiii.], [1534] , sigs. A2-?
First Lines:
TO call Clio my dulnesse to redresse
with all systers dwellyng at Elicon…
Last Lines:
…All where nowe reigneth pride and deusion
O prothmartyr of Brutis Albion.
Finis.
Note: Edition from London, British Library Lansdowne 699.
Attributed Title: Here begynnethe the | glorious lyfe and passion of seint Albon prothomar- | tyr of Englande and also the lyfe and pssion of | saint Amphabel whiche conuerted saint Albon | to the fayth of Christe. (sig. A1); Here endeth the glorious lyfe and passyon of | seint Albon prothomartyr of Englande | and also the lyfe & passyon of saynt | Amphibell whiche conuerted | saynt Albon to the faith | of Christe. | whose lyues were translated out of frenche and | laten in to Englisshe by John Lydgate monke | of Bury and now lately put in print at | request of Robert Catton abbot | of thexempte monasterye | of saynt Albon. | The xxvi yere of our soueraigne lorde | kyng Henry the eyght. And in the | yere of our lorde God M. | D.xxx.iiii.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. S. Albon und Amphabel, ein Legendenepos in 3 Büchern, nach der editio von S. Albans 1534. Berlin, 1882, 1883.