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Treat every man as he is disposed
John Lydgate, ‘Everything draweþe to his semblable’ —
twenty-five 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc)
Author(s): John Lydgate
Title(s): ‘Everything draweþe to his semblable’
Subjects: advice, moral
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 59 (SC 6943)
, ff. 18-21
TRete every man as he is disposed
With holy men entrete of
þambissyous man loveþe to be glosed
prynce to here of his prowesse…
…Prerogatyff moste souereine of honour
Vn to his ymage list
make þee semblable
Note: 24 lines (stanza 12 is missing).
Attributed Title: Here nowe foloweþe a balade ryal made by Lydegate affter his resorte
to his religyoun. with þe refrayde / howe every thing draweþe to his
semblable (f. 18)
MacCracken, Henry Noble,
John Lydgate: The Minor Poems, Vol. II: Secular Poems.
o.s. 192 (1934); repr. 1961: 801-8.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 2251
, ff. 19v
Trete euery man like as he is disposed
with holy men trete of
…And by perogatives most souerayne of honoure
To his ymage list
make the semblable
Note: 24 stanzas.