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In June when Titan was in the Crabs head
John Lydgate, ‘A Sayenge of the Nyghtyngale’ — fifty-four
stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘A Sayenge of the Nyghtyngale’
Subjects: dream poems; Christ, sufferings of; Christ, love to sinners
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600)
, pp. 347-348
In Juygne whan Tytan was in þe Crabbes hed
þe saphyre huwed sky…
…As flour eerdeyned for to releeve man
Which bare þe frut
þat sloughe our foo Sathan
Attributed Title: …and filowing nowe here nexst beginneþe a seying of þe
Nightingale ymagyned and compyled by lydegate daun Johan þe Monk of Bury
(p. 337); A devoute meditacion made by Lidegate of þe Nightyngale
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. I: Religious Poems.
e.s. 107 (1911; repr. 1961): 221-34.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251
, ff. 229-234v
IN Iune whan Titan was in Crabbes hede
Towardes Even the Saphyre
…As flour ordeyned for to Releve man
Whiche bare the fruyt that
slough oure foo Sathan
Attributed Author: Of this Balade Dan Iohn / lydgate made nomore (f.
Lydgate’s Two Nightingale Poems.
e.s. 80 (1900); repr. 1987: 16-28.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729
, ff. 161-166
In Iuygne whan tyton was in þe crabes hed
towardes euen þe
saphyre huwed sky…
…as flour ordayned for to releue man
which bore þe frute
þat slough our foo sathan
Note: In heading, false start to writing ‘Iohn’ before
‘daune’ is crossed through.
Attributed Author: daune Iohn lidgate (f. 161)
Attributed Title: here folowinge begynneth a sayenge of þe nightingalle Imagened and
cumpyled by I daune Iohn lidgate (f. 161)