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Yet is God a courteous lord
Moralizing verses on the Earthquake of 1382 — eleven 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) with refrain element, ‘…warning to be ware’
Subjects: historical poems; Peasants’ Revolt (1381); evils of the times
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 411rb-411rc
First Lines:
Yit is God a Curteis lord
And Mekeliche con schewe his miht…
Last Lines:
…Of his gret godnesse and his gras
Sende vs such warnyng to be ware
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Conybeare, John Josias. “Two English Poems of the Time of Richard II.” Archaeologia 18 (1817): 21-8: 26-8.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 719-21.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 186-8.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 57-60.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 347-9 (selections).
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 155-7.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 132vb-132vc
First Lines:
Ȝit is god a courteis lord
And mekeliche con schewe his miht…
Last Lines:
…Of his gret godnesse and his gras
Sende vs such warnynge to be ware
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 1.250-2.
3.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 395D, ff. 174v-175
First Lines:
ȝhit is god a curteys lord & curteysly con schaw his myght
& fayn he wold bryng to acorde may fynd to lyue in trouth & ryght…
Last Lines:
…ȝhet by war whil we haue space & thanke þe childe þat mare bare
þat of his godnesse & his grace con send suche warnyng to be ware
Note: Six 8-line stanzas
Attributed Author: Signed As ?author or ?scribe ‘Dammary’ on f. 175.