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To London once my steps I bent
‘London Lickpenny’ — sixteen stanzas
Subjects: political poems; London; money
Versification: — eight-line, seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 367, ff. 127-127v; 126-126v
First Lines:
To london once my steppys I bent
where trouth in no wyse should be faynt…
Last Lines:
…Save london and send trew lawyers there mede
for who so wantes mony with them shall not spede
Note: Rhyme royal. Folios out of order, so begins 127-127v and ends 126-126v.
Attributed Title: London Lyckpeny: A ballade compyled by dan John Lydgate monke of Bery about yeres agoe and now newly ouersene and amended (f. 127); Explicit London Lyckpeny (f. 126v)
Editions:
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Edward Tyrrell, eds. A Chronicle of London, from 1079 to 1483. London: Longman, 1827: 260-8.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “London Lickpenny.” Anglia 20 (1898): 404-21: 410-19.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 237.
Strutt, Joseph. Horda Angel-Cynnan …. 3 vols. London: B. White, 1775-76.
Hughson, David. London. 6 vols. London: Stratford, 1805: 2.124-7.
Gilfillan, George. Specimens of the Lesser Known British Poets. Edinburgh: J. Nichol, 1860: 1.49.
Bad Key: Fitzgibbon1827: 68-71.
Morley, Henry, ed. Shorter English Poems. London, NY: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1876: 53-4.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 103-7.
See Morris and Skeat (1882): 24-7.
Bronson, Walter Cochrane, ed. English Poems: Old English and Middle English Periods, 450-1550. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1910, 1917: 116-19.
Benham, Allen Rogers. English Literature from Widsith to the death of Chaucer. New Haven: Yale UP, 1916; repr. New York: Phaeton, 1968: 351.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 130-4.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 446-50.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 16-19.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 542, ff. 102-104
First Lines:
In london there I was lent
I saw my selfe where trouthe shuld be a teynte…
Last Lines:
…and they that be othar god theyr state restore
for he that lackethe money with them he shall not spede
Note: 8-line stanzas. Written by the hand of John Stow.
Attributed Title: london licpenye (f. 102); explicit london likke peny (f. 104)
Editions:
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Edward Tyrrell, eds. A Chronicle of London, from 1079 to 1483. London: Longman, 1827: 260-8.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “London Lickpenny.” Anglia 20 (1898): 404-21: 410-19.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 476.
Stow, John. A svrvay of London: contayning the originall, antiquity, increase, moderne estate, and description of that citie: written in the yeare 1598. London: Imprinted by Iohn Wolfe, Printer to the honorable citie of London, and are to be sold at his shop within the Popes head Alley in Lombard street, 1598 (STC 23341): (part only).
Bridge, Sir Frederick. The Old Cryes of London. London: Novello, 1921: 11-20.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “London Lickpenny.” Anglia 43 (1919): 61-8: 62-7 (composite text).
Tydeman, William, ed. English Poetry 1400-1580. London: Heinemann, 1970: 43.