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Most noble prince of Christian princes all
To King Henry VI on his Coronation, by Lydgate — eighteen 8-line stanzas
(ababbcbc) including 3-stanza Envoy
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): To King Henry VI on his Coronation
Subjects: Henry VI, coronation; occasional verse; historical poems; envoys
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943)
, ff. 54-56v
MOost noble prynce of cristen Prynces alle
fflouring in yowþe
and vertuous Innosence
Whome god allone list of his grace to
þis daye testate of knightly excellence…
…And god shal sende þee frome þe heven dovne
and gode hure to þy roial estate
Attributed Title: Nowe here foloweþe nexst a balade made by þat solempne clerk
Lidegate daun Johan . presented to kynge henry þe sixst his soverin Lorde.
þe daye of þat royal solempnysacoun of his coronacoun at Westminster
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600)
, pp. 154-158
Moost noble Prynce of cristin prynces alle
fflouring in youþe
and vertuous Innocence
Whome god aboue lift of his grace calle
day testaate of knyghtly excellence…
…And god shal sende frome þe heven adoun
Grace and goode
hure vn to þy Royale state
Attributed Title: Loo here filowing beginneþ a balade whiche daun Johan Lidegate þe
Munk of Bury made vn to þe Kyng þis Iune yeere of his coronacion (p.
154); Balade of þe Kynges Coronacion (RT)
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems.
o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 324-30.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251
, ff. 251v
MOst noble prince of cristen princes alle
fflowryng in yowth and
…And god shal sh sende from the heven downe
and goode hure vnto thy Royal estate
Note: Omits Envoy.
Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during
the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III.
14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.141-5.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729
, ff. 84-86
Most noble prince of cristen prences alle
flowryng in youthe of
vertuous per innocence…
…And god shall send the from heven adowne
grace and good cure
to thy royall astat
Attributed Author: Amen Iohn lidgat monke of bury wreten by Iohn Stowe (all except
‘Amen’ in rubric after last line, f. 86; written by the scribe, John
Attributed Title: her beginyth a tretys of the kynges coronacion henry the vj Made by the
monke of bury Iohn lidgatt inne 1430 þe v of november (f. 84 as heading, by
scribe, John Stow)