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DIMEV 5729
IMEV 3625
NIMEV 3625
This little prose declareth in figure
John Lydgate, the Envoy to Lydgate’s prose Serpent of Division — three eight-line stanzas
Note: 18th-century transcript by Ainsworth [uncertain of which MS] is London, British Library Addit. 38179, f. 60v.
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): Serpent of Division
Subjects: envoys
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 182 [olim Ashburnham 134], ff. 9v; 11
First Lines:
This litill prose declarith in figure
The grete damage and distruccion
That whilome fill bi fatell auenture
vn to Rome þe myȝti riall towne…
Last Lines:
…Remembrynge ay in yowre discrecion
Vppon pompey and cesar Iulius
Note: 4 stanzas.
Ashburnham, Bertram. Catalogue of the Manuscripts at Ashburnham Place. 2 vols. plus Appendix volume. London: C. F. Hodgson, [1849]-1864: Appendix, MS. 134.
MacCracken, Henry Noble, ed. The Serpent of Division. Oxford: Clarendon, 1910: 66; repr. Cohen (1915), 256.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2006, p. 209a-209b
First Lines:
This litill prose declareth in figure
the grete damage and destruccion…
Last Lines:
…remembryng ay in your descrecion
Of Pompeie and Cesar Julius
Edwards, A. S. G. “Introduction.” Manuscript Pepys 2006: A Facsimile. Magdalen College, Cambridge. Norman, OK: Pilgrim, and [Woodbridge, Suffolk]: Boydell and Brewer, 1985.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17027.5. Lydgate, John, This lytell treatyse compendiously declareth the damage and destruction in realmes caused by the serpente of diuision, [London]: Newly and of late imprinted by me Roberte Redman, dwellynge at London in Flete Strete at the sygne of the George, [ca. 1535]
Note: Further printings, Lydgate, John, The serpent of diuision Whych hathe euer bene yet the chefest vndoer of any region or citie, set forth after the auctours old copy, by I.S., [Imprinted at Londo[n]: By Owen Rogers dwelling in Smithfielde, by the Hospital in litle S. Bartelmewes], Anno. M.D.L.IX. [1559] the. iiii. of May , and Lydgate, John, The serpent of deuision VVherein is conteined the true history of mappe of Romes ouerthrowe, gouerned by auarice, enuye, and pride, the decaye of empires be they neuer so sure. Whereunto is annexed the tragedye of Gorboduc, sometime king of this land, and of his two sonnes, Ferrex and Porrex. Set foorth as the same was shewed before the Queenes most excellent Maiesty, by the Gentlemen of the Inner Temple, At London: Printed by Edward Allde for Iohn Perrin, and are to be sold in Paules Church yard, at the signe of the Angell, 1590 .