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IMEV 430.5
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At my beginning Christ me speed
A tag to be learned as a child, or at beginning of a book — one couplet
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 220; same as opening of 708 and 712; see also 2546.
Subjects: instruction, father to son; children, instructions for behaviour of; scribes
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 174: only the Latin version, ‘Domine sancte pater omnipotens sempiterne deus qui nos ad principium huius diei pervenire fecisti tua nos’.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 178 (STC5572), f. 1v
Transcription:
At ourer begynnyng god be my spede
Wyth grase an vartv to prosede
Note: Written by a hand of the fifteenth century into lower margin.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3042, f. 2v
Transcription:
At my be gennynge god be my sped
In grace And uertue to prosede
Note: Added to blank folio by a fifteenth-century hand.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.6.36, f. 2v
Transcription:
At my begynnyg Crist me spede
In vereb and lernyg for to spede
In vereb and lernyg for to spede
Note: Added to originally blank flyleaf by an inexperienced hand.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 3362, f. 89
Note: Copied three times as pen trials.
5.Source: London, British Library Royal 12 E.XVI, f. 186v
Transcription:
In mine begininge god be my good sped
In grace and vertue to procede
Note: Copied twice as pen trials. The version quoted appears upside down at the foot of the folio and the following variant appears at the head: ‘In the beginnyng god bi my sped / In…and vertu to prosed and’.
6.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9, f. 17v
Transcription:
In the begynnyng god my speade
wythe ggrace & vertu
Note: Added to lower margin by a fifteenth-century hand.
Facsimiles:
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds. Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse Manuscripts. EETS s.s. 19 (2002).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 126.
7.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 189, f. 5v
Transcription:
In my begeninge god be my sped
in grace and vertue to proced
Note: Added (twice) to blank space after table of contents by a fifteenth-century hand.
8.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 752 [olim *27282. 67.10; priorAshburnham 131], f. 184
Transcription:
In my Beginninge god be my spede
In grayce and vertue for to procede
Note: Signed ‘By me Thomas Kynton’ (f. 184).
Facsimiles:
Lydgate, John. Troy book : manuscript, [14--]. MS Eng 752. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. [digital facsimile of Harvard, Houghton Library MS Eng 752 (http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL.HOUGH:1192991)].
9.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Richardson 35, f. 56ra
Transcription:
In my begynnyng god be me spyd
In grase and virtu for to prosyd
Note: Added by a later hand to space between chapters 161 and 162 of prose Brut.
10.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library B5, f. 60v
Transcription:
At my beginyng god me spede
In grace and vertu to procede
Note: Marginal note, here with additional prose note; usually couplet opening.
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 125 [olim Groves], f. 95v
Transcription:
In my begynynge god be my good spede
In grace & vertue all waye to prosed[e]
Note: Added to left margin, bottom to top, by a hand of the sixteenth century; signed ‘Chrystefer Byrkheade’ in right margin.
Editions:
Dutschke, C. W. Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. 2 vols. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1989: 1.157.
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 126 [olim Essex], f. iii
Transcription:
In my begenenge god be my sped
in Graes and vertu to prosed
Note: By a hand of the seventeenth century.
13.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 340, f. 166
Transcription:
In my be gynnynge god be w[ ]
In grace and werte to procede
Note: Scribble in originally blank column added by a fifteenth-cnetury hand.