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John Lydgate, ‘Song of Vertu’ — thirteen 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Who sueth vertu vertu he shall lere’
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Song of Vertu’
Subjects: virtues
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 184-184v
First Lines:
…Off Rethoricyens men lerne ffresshe language
Off holy saintes procedith parfitnes
Off ffurious folke Debate and Outerage
Of marcyall prynces vertuous highe noblesse…
Last Lines:
…Cleyme of his mercy to haue possession
With hym to dwell aboue the sterris Clere
Note: Stanzas 1-5 missing due to loss of folio.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 79v-86
First Lines:
Off hony men gaderen out swetnesse
Of wyne & spisus is made good Ipocrase…
Last Lines:
…Cleyme of his mercy to haue possession
Wyth hym to dwell aboue þe sterres cleere
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.6, ff. 203v-205v
First Lines:
As of hony men gadren swetnesse
Of wyne and spices is made god ypocras…
Last Lines:
…Cleyme of mercy to haue possessioun
With hym to dwell above þe sterrys clere
Note: Scribe(?) Rychard Fox (ff. 1, 245v).
Attributed Author: John Lydgate (f. 203v)
Attributed Title: Here…begynneth a songe of vertu of þe seyde John Lydgatis makyng (f. 203v); Here enduth the songe on þis worde who sueth vertu vertu schall he leere (f. 205v)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Jesus College Q.G.8 (56), ff. 36-37v
First Lines:
[A]s of hony men gadre out swetnes
Of wyne and spices is maade goode ypocras…
Last Lines:
…Cleyme of his mercye to haue possession
With hym to dwell a boue þe sterrys clere
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 298-299v
First Lines:
Of hony men gadyr out swetnesse
Of wyne and spyses ys made ypocras
ffro syluyr wellys that boyle vp with fresshnesse
Commyth crystall rennyng a gret pas…
Last Lines:
…Clayme of hys mercy to haue possessyowne
With hym to dwelle aboue the sterres clere
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 146-147v
First Lines:
AS of hony men gete oft swetnes
Of wyne and spicis is maad ypocras…
Last Lines:
…Clayme of his mercy to have possessioun
With hym to dwelle above the sterris cliere
Note: Three extra stanzas between stanzas 4 and 5.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2255, ff. 12-14
First Lines:
As of hony men gadren out swetnesse
Of wyn and spices is maad good ypocras…
Last Lines:
…Cleyme of his mercy to haue possession
With hym to dwelle above the sterrys cleere Explict
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 2.216-20.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 835-8.
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 140 [olim Phillipps 8299], ff. 89v-91
First Lines:
As of hony men geder out swetnesse
Of wyn and spices is made good ypocras…
Last Lines:
…Cleyme of his mercy to haue possessioun
With hym to dwell aboue þe sterris clere
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate. Percy Society 2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 2.216-20.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 835-8.