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DIMEV 3890
IMEV 2428
NIMEV 2428
O Father God how fierce and how cruel
Thomas Hoccleve, ‘The Lamentation of the grene tre of the losyng of hire appil’ — forty stanzas rhyme royal
Author(s): Thomas Hoccleve
Title(s): ‘The Lamentation of the grene tre of the losyng of hire appil’
Subjects: laments; Virgin Mary, lament of
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.6, ff. 73-77v: not in this MS, despite Robbins and Cutler (1965) listing with folios.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 770 (SC 2552), f. 61ra-63ra
First Lines:
Fadir god hou fers & hou cruel
In whom þe list or wilt can þou þe make…
Last Lines:
…þu hast thi wille þis honour þe suffise
It schal ȝelde me my frut in goodli wise
Attributed Title: Here compleyneþ þe grene tree vp on þe spoylyng of hir swete appul (f. 61ra)
2.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 237, f. 84v-88v
First Lines:
O fadyr gode howe fferse and howe cruell
In whome þe lyste or wylte canste make þu þe make…
Last Lines:
…Thowe haste þi will þis onour þe suffice
It schall ȝelde me my fruyte in goodly wysse
3.Source: Oxford, University College 181, f. 90v
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 124/61, pp. 130-138
First Lines:
o ffadir god how ferce & how cruel
To wham þe lyst or wylt canst þu þe make…
Last Lines:
…þu hast þi wil þin honour schal suffice
To þe ȝelde me my froyt in godeli wyse
Attributed Title: A lamentacion of þe grene tre compleynyng of þe lesyng of hire appyl (p. 130)
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34193, ff. 63v-66
First Lines:
O fadir gode how fers and how cruel
In whome þe liste or will canste þou þe make…
Last Lines:
…þe þou has þi will þis honor suffice
safe ȝelde me my fonte in gudely wise
Note: Written as prose.
6.Source: London, British Library Egerton 615, f. 63-67v
First Lines:
O fader god how fers & how cruel
In whom the list or wilt canst þu the make…
Last Lines:
…Thu hast thy will thin honour schal suffise
To the i yelde me my fruyt in goodly wise
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. “Hoccleve’s Works: The Regement of Princes and fourteen minor poems.” EETS e.s. 72 (1897); repr. 1988: xxxvii-xlv.
7.Source: Hatfield House, Marquess of Salisbury C.P. 270
8.Source: New York, New York Public Library Spencer 19 [olim Petworth 2], ff. 81-85
First Lines:
O fader god how fiers and how cruel
In whom the liste or wilt canst thow the make…
Last Lines:
…Thow hast thy wille thyn honour shal suffise
To the ȝelde me my fruyt in goodly wise
Attributed Title: A lamentacopin of þe grene tre compleynynge of the lesyng of hir appil Cap. xxi (f. 81)
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 111 [olim Phillipps 8151], ff. 3-7v
First Lines:
…O Womman þat among the peple speek
How þat the wombe blessid was þat beer…
Last Lines:
…And hath his blood despent in greet foysoun
And al it was for your Redempcioun
Note: Begins imperfectly, missing stanzas 1-6; 29 stanzas only.
Attributed Title: Cest tout. Ceste conpleynte paramont feust translatee commandement de ma dame de Hereford que dieu pardoynt (f. 7v)
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hoccleve’s Works: The Minor Poems. vol. 1. EETS e.s. 61 (1892); repr. with Gollancz (1925) 73; rev. J. Mitchell and A. Ian Doyle, 1970: 1-8.
10.Source: Melbourne, State Library of Victoria *096/G94, f. 161v

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 6473. Guillaume de Deguileville, Pylgremage of the Sowle, Caxton, 1483