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Whilom an emperor prudent and wise
Thomas Hoccleve, Tale of Jonathas — ninety-six stanzas rhyme royal plus envoy of one eight-line stanza after prose moralitas
Note: For the Prologue of twelve stanzas see 5663.
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): Tale of Jonathas
Subjects: tales; envoys
Versification: — seven-line, eight-line — ababbcc, ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 53 (SC 3441), f. 136
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 221 (SC 27627), f. 45
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 185 (SC 1786), f. 157v
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. d.4 (SC 30126), f. 22v-30v
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 735 (SC 1504), f. 43v
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.VI, f. 138v
7.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 79v-95
First Lines:
Whilom an Emperour prudent & wys
Regned in Rome and hadde sones three…
Last Lines:
…And looke thow in al manere weye
To plese hir wommanhede do thy might
Note: Scribe Thomas Hoccleve.
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Browne, William. The Shepheards Pipe; 2 vols. Roxburghe Library 2. London: Whittingham and Wilkins, 1868-69. Orig. 1614 (STC 3917); repr. William Carew Hazlitt , ed. The Whole Works of William Browne: 2.178-96.
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: 219-40.