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England, s. XV1/4
1. ff. 3-7v: //O womman þat among the peple speek/ How þat the wombe blessid was þat beer…And hath his blood despent in greet foysoun/ And al it was for your Redempcioun. Cest tout. Ceste conpleynte paramont feust translatee commandement de ma dame de Hereford que dieu pardoynt.
IMEV 2428. “The Compleynte of the Virgin before the Cross” or “The Lamentation of the Green Tree” in F. J. Furnivall and I. Gollancz, rev. ed. by J. Mitchell and A. I. Doyle, Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. EETS es 61 and 73 (London 1892 and 1925; rev. 1970) 1-8 from this manuscript. The first leaf is missing, with loss of stanzas 1-6 (for which see Furnivall, EETS es 72, pp. xxxvii-xxxviii).
2. ff. 1-2v, 8-16v: Ceste feust faite au temps que le Roy Henri le Vt que dieu pardoint feust a hampton sur son primer passage vers harflete, The laddre of heuene I meene charitee/ Comandith vs if our brothir be falle…Thee hie as faste as þat thow canst dyuyse/ And humble eek thee to him for any thyng. Cest tout.
IMEV 3407. Furnivall, 8-24 from this manuscript. Also printed from this manuscript by L. T. Smith, “Ballad by Thomas Occleve Addressed to Sir John Oldcastle A.D. 1415,” Anglia 5 (1882) 9-42, with reference to 2 seventeenth century copies: Oxford, Bod. Lib., MS James 34 (SC 3871) and, from it, London, Brit. Lib. Add. 33785.
3. ff. 16v-26: Cy ensuyt la male regle de T. Hoccleue, O precious tresor inconparable/ O ground & route of prosperitee…As may myn hurtes all þat me greeue/ Exyle cleene & voide me of pyne.
IMEV 2538. Furnivall, 25-39 from this manuscript.
4. ff. 26-27: Ceste balade ensuante feust faite au tresnoble Roy Henri le Vt que dieu pardoint le iour que les seigneurs de son Roialme lui firent lour homages a Kenyngton, The Kyng of kynges regnyng ouer al/ Which stablisshid hath in eternitee…Byseechyng vn to god þat to his pay/ Yee may gouerne your hy dignitee. Amen.
IMEV 3402. Furnivall, 39-40 from this manuscript.
5. f. 27r-v: Cestes balades ensuyantes feurent faites au tresnoble Roy Henri le quint que dieu pardoint & au treshonorable conpaignie du Iarter, To yow welle of honur and worthynesse/ Our right cristen kyng heir & successour…Obserue it wel ther to been yee dettour/ Dooth so and god in glorie shal yow stalle.
IMEV 3788. Furnivall, 41-42 from this manuscript.
6. f. 28r-v: Yee lordes eek shynynge in noble fame/ To whiche appropred is the maintenance…Of whos vertu the mighty habundaunce/ Yow herte & strengthe in feithful vnitee. Amen. Cest tout.
IMEV 4251. Furnivall, 42-43 from this manuscript; the rubric on f. 27 includes this poem.
7. ff. 28v-31: Ad beatam virginem, Modir of lyf o cause of al our welthe/ Fyndere of grace and of our medecyne…And fully stande in youre affeccion/ Or my body be clothid in his graue. Cest tout.
IMEV 2222. Furnivall, 43-47 from this manuscript.
8. ff. 31-32: Ceste balade ensuyante feust faite tost apres que les osses du Roy Richard feurent apportez a Westmouster, Where as þat this land wont was for to be/ Of sad byleeue & constant vnion…Enspire hem þat no longer they foleie/ To feithes path him lede thy pitee. Amen.
IMEV 4066. Furnivall, 47-49 from this manuscript.
9. ff. 32v-34: Go litil pamfilet and streight thee dresse/ Vn to the noble rootid gentillesse…To his prowesse & hir benignitee/ My lyues ioie it were and sustenance. Cest tout.
IMEV 930. Ballad to Edward, 2nd Duke of York, in Furnivall, 49-51 from this manuscript.
10. ff. 34-37: Ad beatam virginem, Modir of god and virgyne vndeffouled/ O blisful queene of queenes Emperice…Be in myn herte now and euermore/ And of my soule wasshe away the sore. Amen.
IMEV 2221. F. J. Furnivall, ed., Chaucer’s Minor Poems. Chaucer Society 61 (London 1880) 101-08 and Furnivall, 52-56 from this manuscript.
11. ff. 37v-38: Ce feust mys en le liure de monseigneur Johan lors nommez ore Regent de France & Duc de Bedford, Vn to the rial egles excellence/ I humble Clerc with al hertes humblesse…Of his tresor nat deyneth hir nobleye/ Dele with noon so ignorant as me. Cest tout.
IMEV 3831. Furnivall, 56-57 from this manuscript.
12. f. 38r-v: Fadir in god benigne and reuerent/ My lord the Chanceller with al humblesse…Let me be no stepchyld been for I am he/ That hope haue in yow confort & gladnesse. Cest tout.
IMEV 783. Ballad to the Chancellor, in Furnivall, 58 from this manuscript.
13. ff. 38v-39: Cestes Balade & chanceon ensuyantz feurent faites a mon Meistre H. Somer quant il estoit Souztresorer, The Sonne with his bemes of brightnesse/ To man so kyndly is & norisshynge…and þit this rowndel shul we synge & seye/ In trust of yow & honour of your name.
IMEV 3480. Furnivall, 59-60 from this manuscript.
14. f. 39v: Somer þat rypest mannes sustenance/ With holsum hete of the Sonnes warmnesse…Is salue & oynement to hir seelnesse/ For why we this shul synge in Cristemesse. Somer et cetera.
IMEV 3224. Furnivall, 60 from this manuscript; the rubric on f. 38v includes this poem.
15. ff. 39v-40: Ceste balade ensuyante feust mise en le fin du liure del Regiment des Princes, O litil book who yaf thee hardynesse/ Thy wordes to pronounce in the presence…To thee þat al seist of loues feruence/ þat knowith god whom nothyng is hid fro. Cest tout.
IMEV 2229 (Hoccleve’s Regement of Princes; here envoy only). Furnivall, 61 from this manuscript.
16. f. 40r-v: Item au Roy que dieu pardoint, Victorious kyng our lord ful gracious/ We humble lige men to your hynesse…Lat nat the strook of indigence vs mate/ O worthy Prince mirour of prowesse. Cest tout.
IMEV 3854. Furnivall, 62 from this manuscript.
17. f. 41r-v: See heer my maister Carpenter I yow preye/ How many chalenges ageyn me be…How wel þat yee doon & how soone also/ I suffre may in qwenchynge of my wo. Cest tout.
IMEV 3082. Furnivall, 63-64 from this manuscript; note that the name “Carpenter” in v. 1 is in darker ink over an erasure.
18. ff. 41v-43: Ceste balade ensuyante feust par la Court de bone conpaignie enuoiee a lonure sire Henri Sommer Chaunceller de leschequer & vn de la dicte Court, Worsshipful sire and our freend special/ And felawe in this cas we call yow…But keepith wel your tourne how so befall/ On thorsday next on which we awayte all. Cest tout.
IMEV 4234. Furnivall, 64-66 from this manuscript.
19. ff. 43v-47: Ceste balade ensuyante feust translatee au commandement de mon Meistre Robert Chichele, As þat I walkid in the monthe of May/ Besyde a groue in an heuy musynge…Be tendre of vs o thow blissid virgyne/ For if thee list we shuln to blisse atteyne. Cest tout. [f. 47v, blank]
IMEV 407. Furnivall, 67-72 from this manuscript.
Parchment, ff. i + 47 + i; 210 × 155 (155-170 × 97) mm. 18 (lacks 1; 7 and 8 have been moved, now forming ff. 1 and 2) 2-58 610(-9, 10). Catchwords towards the center of the lower margin; leaf signatures in roman numerals in upper right corner (e.g. ff. 9-11). 20-25 lines of verse frame ruled in lead with no base line. Written in an anglicana script by Thomas Hoccleve; see H. C. Schulz, “Thomas Hoccleve, Scribe,” Speculum 12 (1937) 71-81 with plates of Durham Univ. Cosin V.iii.9, ff. 13v and 95; London, Brit. Lib. Add. 24062, ff. 101v and 194v; and HM 111, f. 26 and HM 744, f. 46v. Certain headings added later (ff. 1, 37v, the last 4 words of the heading on f. 38v, the name “Carpenter” on f. 41); some later marginalia (ff. 1v, 2r-v, 10v). Paginated, s. XVIII, on rectos only through p. 31 (f. 16) with ff. 1 and 2 in their present position. 2-line initials in blue with red pen flourishing. Bound, s. XVIIin, in brown calf with the arms of Henry, Prince of Wales, as, for example, in H. M. Nixon, Five Centuries of English Bookbinding (London 1978) n. 28, the arms of James I, differenced here by the label of 3 points; evidence of blue or green cloth fore edge ties; rebacked; stabbing from a previous binding in the gutters. Written in England by the author (d. March/April 1426). The present binding shows the book to have been in the library of Prince Henry (1594-1612); see S. Jayne and F. R. Johnson, The Lumley Library: the Catalogue of 1609 (London 1956), this manuscript recorded on p. 303. It had evidently already been alienated by 1661 when the printed books and manuscripts of the Royal Library were catalogued by Thomas Ross (this catalogue now HM 180). Belonged to Anthony Askew (1722-72); his sale, Sotheby’s, 7 March 1785, lot 327 to George Mason (1735-1806). While in Mason’s possession, Thomas Tyrwhitt made some notes on the disorder of the first leaves in a letter dated 4 April 1785, now affixed to the front pastedown. Mason added to these notes, and eventually published 6 of the poems (arts. 3, 9, 13, 16-18) in this manuscript in his Poems by Thomas Hoccleve (London 1796); his sale, Sotheby’s, 25 April 1799, pt. IV, lot 279. Acquired by Richard Heber (1773-1833) with his purchase note in a small, careful script in the upper right corner of the front pastedown; his sale, Evans, 10 February 1836, pt. XI, lot 583 (round label with that number on the spine) to Payne. Belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps; his MS 8151 and shelf mark (B.36.550) on f. i; notes by Furnivall dated 22 September 1882 added to Tyrwhitt’s comments. Acquired privately by Henry E. Huntington through A. S. W. Rosenbach in 1923.
Secundo folio: [f. 3] O womman þat
Bibliography: De Ricci, 50. Aspects of Medieval England, n. 26 open at f. 16v.
Aspects of Medieval England
Aspects of Medieval England: Manuscripts for Research in the Huntington Library, an Exhibition prepared for the Medieval Academy of America, 14 April 1972 [San Marino 1972]
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Early English Text Society extra series
C. Brown and R. H. Robbins, Index of Middle English Verse (New York 1943) and Supplement by R. H. Robbins and J. L. Cutler (Lexington 1965)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
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