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Unto the royal eagles excellence
Thomas Hoccleve, Presentation verses to the Duke of Bedford, Regent of France, with a copy of the De Regimine Principum — three 9-line stanzas
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Subjects: John, duke of Bedford; occasional verse; princes, advice to; advice, to princes
Versification: — nine-line — ababbcbbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XVIII, f. 100
First Lines:
Un to the rial egles excellence
I humble Clerk with hertes lowlynesse…
Last Lines:
Of his tresor nat de[ ]eth his nobleye
Dele with non so ig[ ]ant as me
Note: Damage to last few folios due to stain, immediately follows Regiment of Princes (3581). Holograph manuscript; ends, ‘Cest tout’.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 92-3.
2.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 111 [olim Phillipps 8151], ff. 37v-38
First Lines:
Un to the rial egles excellence
I humble Clerc with al hertes humblesse…
Last Lines:
…Of his tresor nat deyneth hir nobleye
Dele with noon so ignorant as me
Attributed Title: Ce feust mys en le liure de monseigneur Iohan lors nommez ore Regent de ffrance & Duc de Bedford (f. 37v)
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 56-7.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. English Verse between Chaucer and Surrey. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1927: 76.