The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1464
IMEV 875
From Christs birth complete nine hundred year
John Lydgate, Guy of Warwick — 592 lines in 8-line stanzas
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 440.5.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Guy of Warwick
Subjects: romances; Guy of Warwick
Versification: — eight-line stanza — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 683 (SC 798), ff. 65-78
First Lines:
Fro cristis birthe complet nyne hundrid yeer[s]
twenty and seuene by computacioun…
Last Lines:
…praying echon of support and ffavour
nat to dysdeyne the clauses whan they reede
Attributed Title: Here gynneth the lyff off Guy of Warwyk (f. 65)
Zupitza, Julius. “Zur Literaturgeschichte des Guy von Warwick.” österrichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Philosophisch-historische Klasse 74 (1873): 623-45: 649-65.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 516-38.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.21 (601), ff. 305-314
First Lines:
fro Crystes byrthe nyne hundred yere
Twenty &seuyn by computacion…
Last Lines:
…Praying echone of support and fauoure
Nat to dysdeyne these clauses who ye rede
Attributed Title: Here begynneth a tale of Guy and Colbrond
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 33ra-35vb
First Lines:
FRome Criestes birthe complete nyen C yeere
Twenty and seven by computaciony
Last Lines:
If owght be wrong in metre or in substaunce
Put al þe wyte ffor dulnesse on lydegate
Mekely translated vnder correccioun
Settyng a syde preyde and presompcioune
And praye echoon þat shalle of hit take hede
ffavoure and supporte whan þei þe clause Rede
Attributed Title: Here nowe begynneþe an abstracte oute of þe Croniclis / in latyn made by Gyrarde Cornubyence þe worþy / Croniculer of westsexse & translated in to Englisshe / be lydegate daun Johan at the requeste of margarete / Countas of Shrowesbury Ladye Talbot fournyvale / and lysle of the lyf of þat moste worthy knyght Guy / of warwike of whos bloode shee is lyneally descendid (f. 33ra, rubric)
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 2.520 (extract only).
4.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 699, ff. 18v-27v
First Lines:
FRo cristes birth compleet nyne hundred yeer
Twenty & seuene bi computacion…
Last Lines:
…Prayng echeon of support & favour
Nat to disdayn the clauses whan they reede
Note: Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
Attributed Title: Incipit Guydo de warwik (f. 18); Explicit Guydo de Warwik (f. 27v)
5.Source: Peterborough, Peterborough Central Library Ailred of Rievaux, Life of Edward and Confessor , ff. 54-63
First Lines:
Fro cristys byrth complete ix c yere
xx and vij by computacion…
Last Lines:
…Praying echon of support and fauour
Not to disdeyne the clauses when they rede
6.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 530, ff. 4v-12v
First Lines:
ffrome Cristes byrth complete nyen hundred yere
Twenty & Seven be computacyoun…
Last Lines:
…Mekely translatid vnder coreccyoun
Settyng a syde pryde & presumpcyoun
And pray iche oon þat shall off hit take hede
ffauoure & support whan þey [hit rede]
Note: Includes envoy; last two words lost in gutter.
Attributed Author: Johan lydegate (f. 4v)
Attributed Title: Here Nowe begynnyth An Abstracte Owte the Cronycles in latyn made by Gyrade Cornubyence the worthy the Cronyculere of Westsexse & translatid into Englishe by lydegate daun Johan At the Request of Margret Countasse of Shrowesbury lady Talbot ffournyvalle & lysle of the lyffe of þat moste Worthy knyght Guy of Warrewyk of Whos blode she is lenyally descendid (f. 4v)
Robinson, F. N. “On Two MSS of Lydgate’s Guy of Warwick.” Harvard Studies and Notes in Philology 5 (1897): 177-220: 177-220.
7.Source: Leiden, Leiden University Library Vossius Germ. Gall. Q.9, f. 17