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At the end of summer when winter began
George Ashby, A Prisoner’s Reflections — fifty stanzas rhyme royal including Prologue, text, Envoy and postscript
Author(s): George Ashby
Title(s): A Prisoner’s Reflections
Subjects: prison/prisoners; envoys
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. A.60 (SC 30161)



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 41-45v
First Lines:
[A]t the ende of Somer when wynter began
And trees herbes and flowres dyd fade
Blosteryng and blowyng the gret wyndes than
Threw doune the frutes with whyche they were lade…
Last Lines:
…Of fre liberte a sharp abstinence
Lackyng volunte for theyr dew penaunce
Note: Nineteenth-century transcript by Hartshorne said to be in Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. A.60 (SC 30161).
Attributed Author: Written by George Asshby prisoner in the Fleet A.D. 1463 (added by later hand, f. 41)
Attributed Title: Prohemium vnius Prisonarii (f. 41)
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
Editions:
Förster, Max. “George Ashby’s trost in gefangenschaft.” Anglia 20 (1898): 139-52: 139-52.
Bateson, Mary, ed. George Ashby’s Poems. EETS e.s. 76 (1899), repr. 1965: 1-12.
Holthausen, Ferdinand. “Ashby-studien. II,III.” Anglia 45 (1921): 77-104: 77-89.