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By wit of man all thing that is contrived
John Lydgate, ‘A song of Iust Mesure’ — in 8-line stanzas
with refrain, ‘Nothyng commendyd but it in measure be’
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A song of Iust Mesure’
Subjects: advice, moral; precepts; moderation
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729
, ff. 123-124
By wytte of man A thyng that is contryved
standyth in proporcion
playnlye to conclude…
…so as thow weyest be mercy or Rygour
The same mesure shall be
done to the
Note: 13 stanzas.
Attributed Author: by Iohn lidgate (squeezed between last line and rubric title, f. 124; by
Attributed Title: Explicit the songe of Iust mesure writen by Iohn stowe (in rubric below
last line, f. 124; by scribe, Stow)
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems.
o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 772-5 (composite text, 13 stanzas).
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251
, ff. 27v
BY witte of man al thyng that is contryved
Standith in proporcioun
plainly to conclude…
…So as thow weyest be mercy or Rigoure
The mesure same shalbe
don to the
Note: 10 stanzas.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard,
A Selection from the Minor Poems of Don John Lydgate.
2. London: T. Richard, 1840: 80-3.