At my beginning Christ me speed
A tag to be learned as a child, or at beginning of a book — one
Subjects: instruction, father to son; children, instructions for behaviour of; scribes
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
5.Source: London, British Library Royal 12 E.XVI
, f. 186v
In mine begininge god be my good sped
In grace and vertue to
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
6.Source: Durham, Durham University Library Cosin V.iii.9
, f. 17v
In the begynnyng god my speade
wythe ggrace & vertu
Note: Added to lower margin by a fifteenth-century hand.
Burrow, John, and A. I. Doyle, eds.
Thomas Hoccleve: A Facsimile of the Autograph Verse
s.s. 19 (2002).
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
In my begeninge god be my sped
in grace and vertue to
Note: Added (twice) to blank space after table of contents by a
10.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library B5
, f. 60v
At my beginyng god me spede
In grace and vertu to procede
Note: Marginal note, here with additional prose note; usually couplet
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 125 [olim Groves]
, f. 95v
In my begynynge god be my good spede
In grace & vertue all waye to
Note: Added to left margin, bottom to top, by a hand of the sixteenth century;
signed ‘Chrystefer Byrkheade’ in right margin.
Dutschke, C. W.
Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington
2 vols. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1989: 1.157.
13.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 340
, f. 166
In my be gynnynge god be w[ ]
In grace and werte to procede
Note: Scribble in originally blank column added by a fifteenth-cnetury