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Ye that are commons obey your king and lord
Advice to the several Estates — ten stanzas rhyme royal
Note: Extracted from Barclay’s Lyfe of St. George, lines 1261-1330.
Subjects: estates literature; advice
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 4031, f. 2
First Lines:
Ye that ar comons obey yovr kynge and lorde
Obserue vnto hym love and fydelyte…
Last Lines:
…Whyche techethother the way to paradyce
Hym selfe to helle walkynge by synne and vyce
Editions:
Bergen, Henry, ed. Lydgate’s Fall of Princes. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 121-24 (1924-27); repr. 1967: 4.59-60 (extracts).
Bowers, Robert Hood. “The Middle English ‘Obey Your King and Lord.’” Southern Folklore Quarterly 16 (1952): 223-6: 224-6.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 223-5.