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With Ropes were thou bound And on the gallow hung
Verses on the death of Hugh Despencer, translating a Latin couplet which precedes them, in Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Edwardi Secundi — one stanza rhyme royal, translating a Latin couplet that precedes.
Note: Formerly included under 6322.
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; Despencer, Hugh; translations
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, f. 161v
Transcription:
With Ropes were thow bounde And on the gallow honge
And ffrom thy body Thyne hede with swerd was kytt
Thy bowellis In the ffyre were throw & burnyd long
Thy body in iiii pecis Eke with an axe was slytt
With hors beffore drawen ffew men pytying it
Thuss with these turmentis ffor thy synnes sake
ffrom the wredchid hugh all worldly welth was take
Note: Translation of Latin couplet that precedes this



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533 , vol. II, f. lxxxx
First Lines:
With ropes were thou bounde and on the gallows honge
And from thy body thyne hed with swerde was kytte…
Last Lines:
…Thus with these turmentys for thy synnys sake
From the wretchyd Hugh all wordly welthe was take
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 430.
2.Source: STC 10662. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542] , sig. oo.viva-oo.vivb
First Lines:
Wyth ropes were thou bounde and on the galowe honge
And from thy bodye thine head with swearde was kytte…
Last Lines:
…Thus with these turmentes for thy synnes sake
From the wretched Hugh all wordly welth was take