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IMEV 4056.8
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When the Flemings were fresh flourished in your flowers
Mocking song against the Flemings (A.D. 1436) — thirty-three couplets in eight irregular stanzas inserted in a prose Brut
Subjects: historical poems; Flemings, song against; chronicles, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 6, ff. 256rb-257rb
First Lines:
When þe flemynges were fressh flourisshid in your flouruis
And had weth at your will ye wolde be conquerouris…
Last Lines:
…Ye be nothing elles worth but gret wordes to camp
Set ye still and bith in pees god gyue you quadercamp
Note: At the end of St. Alban’s Chronicle, written two lines per line of verse.
Editions:
Williams, B. “Satirical Rhymes of the Defeat of the Flemings.” Archaeologia 33 (1849): 129-32: 130-2.
Brie, Friedrich, ed. The Brut, or the Chronicles of England. EETS o.s. 131 (1906), 136 (1908); repr. 1987: 2.582-4.
James, Montague Rhodes, and Claude Jenkins. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace. 2 vols. Cambridge, 1930-32: 16.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 83-5.