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A knight that is hardy as a lion
John Lydgate, eight stanzas expounding refrain: ‘None of all these I doo yow well assure / Off kyndely ryght may no while endure’ — eight stanzas rhyme royal
Note: For a variant text see 5778.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Subjects: mutability; transitoriness, of world
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.19 (599), ff. 209-209v
First Lines:
[A] Knyght that ys as hardy as a lyon
Ne a Squyer that ys Amorous
Ne a goshawke that fleeth for the heron
Ne a grehounde on boorys coragyous…
Last Lines:
…That noone of all these I do yow ensure
Of kyndly ryght may long endure
Facsimiles:
Fletcher, Bradford Y. “Introduction.” Manuscript Trinity R.3.19. A Facsimile. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, 1987.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 262-263
First Lines:
A knyght that is hardy as a lyon
Ner a squyer that is amerous…
Last Lines:
…None of all these I do yow well assure
Of kyndely right may no while endure
Editions:
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 820-2.