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When charity is chosen with states to stand
On the visit to St. Paul’s by King Henry VI and his Queen (1458) with the Reconciliation of the Yorkist Lords — eight 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Note: See 738 for a Yorkist interpretation of the same events
Subjects: Henry VI; historical poems
Versification: — eight-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Nero A.VI, ff. 196v-197v
First Lines:
Whan charyte ys chosyn with statis to stonde
Stedfast and styll with oute distaunce…
Last Lines:
…And þat ys amys brynge to Amendyng
That England may reioice the pees & vnite
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
Editions:
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Edward Tyrrell, eds. A Chronicle of London, from 1079 to 1483. London: Longman, 1827: 251.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian B.XVI, f. 4-4v
First Lines:
Whan charite is chosen with states to stonde
Stedfad and skill without distaunce
Than wrathe may be exiled out of this londe
And god oure gide to haue the gouernaunce…
Last Lines:
…And þat is amys god bryng to Amendyng
That Anglond may reioise to concorde & vnite
Note: 16 cross-rhymed quatrains, abab, with a fifth line in the 14th stanza.
Editions:
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris, and Edward Tyrrell, eds. A Chronicle of London, from 1079 to 1483. London: Longman, 1827: 254-5.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.lxix-lxx.
Turner, Sharon. History of England from the Norman Conquest to the Accession of Edward the First…from the Accession of Edward the First to the Death of Henry V…comprising the Reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III and Henry VII. 3 vols. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1814, 1815, 1823; many editions: 3.269-70.
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: 2.254-6.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 194-6.