The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3554
IMEV 2211
NIMEV 2211
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
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943), ff. 54-56v
First Lines:
MOost noble prynce of cristen Prynces alle
fflouring in yowþe and vertuous Innosence
Whome god allone list of his grace to calle
þis daye testate of knightly excellence…
Last Lines:
…And god shal sende þee frome þe heven dovne
Grace 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 (f. 54)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.20 (600), pp. 154-158
First Lines:
Moost noble Prynce of cristin prynces alle
fflouring in youþe and vertuous Innocence
Whome god aboue lift of his grace calle
Þis day testaate of knyghtly excellence…
Last Lines:
…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, ed. John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems. EETS o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 324-30.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251, ff. 251v-253v
First Lines:
MOst noble prince of cristen princes alle
fflowryng in yowth and vertuous Innocence…
Last Lines:
…And god shal sh sende from the heven downe
Grace and goode hure vnto thy Royal estate
Note: Omits Envoy.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Political Poems and Songs relating to English History, composed during the period From the Accession of Edward III to that of Richard III. 2 vols. Rolls Series 14 (1859, 1861); repr. Kraus, 1965: 2.141-5.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 29729, ff. 84-86
First Lines:
Most noble prince of cristen prences alle
flowryng in youthe of vertuous per innocence…
Last Lines:
…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 Stow)
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)