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Ye that desire in heart and have plesaunce
Shirley’s Book Motto — one stanza rhyme royal
Note: See 2387
Subjects: bookplates; mottoes
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), f. 59v
First Lines:
Yee þat desyre in herte and have plesaunce
Olde stories in bokis for to rede
Gode matiers putt hem in remembrance
And of þe oþer take yee none hede…
Last Lines:
…Whane yee þis boke haue over redde and seyne
To Johan Shirley restore yee it ageine
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.163.
Black, William Henry. Catalogi Codicum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae…Pars X, A…Catalogue of the Manuscripts bequeathed…by Elias Ashmole. Oxford: Clarendon, 1845: 100.
Hammond, Eleanor Prescott. “Ashmole 59 and other Shirley manuscripts.” Anglia 30 (1907): 320-48: 329.
Gaertner, Otto. John Shirley. Halle: E. Karrus, 1904: 23.
Bennett, Henry Stanley. England from Chaucer to Caxton. London: Methuen, 1928: 160.
Brusendorff, Aage. The Chaucer Tradition. Copenhagen, 1925; repr. Oxford: Clarendon, 1967: 460.
Bennett, Henry Stanley. Chaucer and the Fifteenth Century. Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford: Clarendon, 1947: 118.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: xxv.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), p, 361
First Lines:
Yee þat desyre in herte and haue plesaunce
Olde stories in bokis for to rede
Gode matiers putte hem in remembraunce
And of oþer ne take yee none hede…
Last Lines:
…Whane yee þis boke haue over redde and seyne
To Johan Shirley restore yee it ageyne
Note: Scribe John Shirley; and added after this by John Stow, ‘This John Shirley whis wyss was burydd in þe hospitall of seint bartelmeu by smythefyld & ther remaynethe a fayr monument of hym’ (p. 361)
Attributed Title: Balade (by scribe, p. 361)
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. 4 vols. Cambridge: at the UP, 1900-1904: 2.81.