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Were this winter away well would I ween
Laurence Minot, The Taking of ‘Þe castell of Gynes’ — forty long lines in 6-line stanzas (aaaabb)
Author(s): Laurence Minot
Title(s): The Taking of ‘Þe castell of Gynes’
Subjects: historical poems; Guines, capture of
Versification: — six-line — alliteration
Macaronic: aaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 57ra-57va
First Lines:
War þis winter oway
wele wald I wene
þat somer suld schew him
in schawes ful schene
both þe lely and þe lipard
suld geder on a grene…
Last Lines:
…and len oure sir Edward
his life wele to lede
þat he may at his ending
haue heuin till his mede
Note: Written in short lines, two MS lines per line of verse, such that only even lines rhyme.
Attributed Title: How gentill sir Edward with his grete engines / wan with his wight men þe Castell of Gynes (rubric, by scribe, f. 57ra)
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Poems, written anno-MCCLII (Minot). London: Burn, 1825: 48-51.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.89.
Scholle, Wilhelm. Laurence Minots Lieder. Quellen und Forschungen 52. Strassburg: Trübner, 1884: 39-40.
Hall, Joseph. The Poems of Laurence Minot. Oxford: Clarendon, 1887; rev. ed., 1914: 34-6.
Morley, Henry, ed. Shorter English Poems. London, NY: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1876: 36-7.
Stedman, Douglas C., ed. The War Ballads of Laurence Minot. Dublin: Hodges, Figgis; London: Simpkin, etc., 1917: 39-40.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 37.