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STC 5068-74: The workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed, with dyuers workes whiche were neuer in print before[edit]

STC 5068: Chaucer, Geoffrey. The workes of Geffray Chaucer newly printed, with dyuers workes whiche were neuer in print before (ed. Wylliam Thynne). T. Godfray, 1532; STC 5069: Another edition. [R. Grafton for] W. Bonham, 1542; STC 5074: Another edition. [R. Grafton for] R. Toye, 1550.

Witness: "[The double sorwe of Troilus to tellen]": LDev (29v-30r, 59v, 91r-92), extracts from IV.13-14, 288-308, and 323-29 copied from STC 5068. Folio 29v begins, "And now my pen alas wyth wyche I wryte" (IV.13-14), 29v-30r "O very lord / o loue / o god alas" (adapted from IV.288-308, 323-29), 59v "for thylke grownde that bearyth the wedes wycke" (I.946-52), 91r "yff yt be so that ye so creuel be" (adapted from II.337-51, 778-84, 785-91, 855-61), 91v "for loue ys yet the moste stormy lyfe," 91v "Also wyckyd tonges byn so prest," 92r "And who that sayth that for to love ys vyce"; STC 5068-74(3) (2H1r-2Q3r).
Witness: "[Cupido unto whos commandement]": LDev (89v, 91r), extracts copied from STC 5068. Folio 89v begins, "Womans harte vnto no creweltye" and "ys thys afayre avaunte / ys thys honor" (vv. 344-50 and 64-77), 91r "how frendly was medea to Iason" (vv. 302-8); STC 5068, 5069, 5074(3) (3S6r-3T3); see also OxDig (1r), OxBod (38v), OxArc24 (211v), OxFai (40r), OxTan (41r), CFin (71r), CTri600 (p. 116), EBan (269r), DCosV.ii (100r), and SHun744 (6r).
Witness: "[Seeing the manifolde inconvenience]": LDev (90r), extract of vv. 239-45 begins “yff all the erthe were parchment scrybable”; STC 5068-74(3) (3R6v-3S3v); see also EBan (258v).
Witness: "O marble herte and yet more harde perde" and "Alas what shuld yt be to yow preiudyce": LDev (90r), extracts of vv. 717-24 and 229-36 copied from "Half in a dreme nat fully wele awaked"; STC 5068-74 (3D4v-3E3v) is a reprint of STC 5088 but adds 42 lines; see also STC 5088 (D2v-E3v), LMB (120r-136v), LSlo1710 (164r-176v), OxFai (50v), CFin (117r), CTri599 (98r), and LHar372 (61r).
Witness: “for thowgh I had yow to morow agayne”: LDev (91r), extract of vv. 308-16 copied from STC 5068; STC 5068-74(3) (3E3v-5r); see also LMB (76r-84r), OxDig (39v-43v), OxBod (5r-11r), OxFai (32r), OxTan (59v), LHar372 (57r), LHar7333 (134r col. 1), and L16165 (241v-243v, 256r-258v). Extract of vv. 211-350, Anelida's Complaint, occurs separately in CFin (61r), CPep2006 (p. 382), CTri600 (p. 106), L34360 [olim Phillipps 9053], and SHun140 (84r-86r).

STC 5088: Here begynnneth the boke of Fame made by Geffray Chaucer; with dyuers other of his workes[edit]

Chaucer, Geoffrey. Here begynnneth the boke of Fame made by Geffray Chaucer; with dyuers other of his workes. R. Pynson, 1526.

Witness: "O marble herte and yet more harde perde" and "Alas what shuld yt be to yow preiudyce": LDev (90r), extracts of vv. 717-24 and 229-36 copied from "Half in a dreme nat fully wele awaked"; STC 5088 (D2v-E3v); see also LMB (120r-136v), LSlo1710 (164r-176v), STC 5068-74 (3D4v-3E3v), OxFai (50v), CFin (117r), CTri599 (98r), and LHar372 (61r).

STC 5095-6: The noble and amerous auncyent hystory of Troylus and Creseyde in the tyme of the syege of Troye[edit]

Chaucer, Geoffrey. STC 5095: The noble and amerous auncyent hystory of Troylus and Creseyde in the tyme of the syege of Troye. Compyled by Geffray Chaucer. W. de Worde, 1517; STC 5096: Another edition. [Anon.] R. Pynson, 1526.

Witness: "And now my pen alas wyth wyche I wryte" (IV.13-14), 29v-30r "O very lord / o loue / o god alas" (adapted from IV.288-308, 323-29), 59v "for thylke grownde that bearyth the wedes wycke" (I.946-52), 91r "yff yt be so that ye so creuel be" (adapted from II.337-51, 778-84, 785-91, 855-61), 91v "for loue ys yet the moste stormy lyfe," 91v "Also wyckyd tonges byn so prest," 92r "And who that sayth that for to love ys vyce"; STC 5095-6(2) (A2r-Z7).

STC 12143-4: Io. Gower de confessione Amantis[edit]

Gower, John. STC 12143: Io. Gower de confessione Amantis. T. Berthelette, 1532; STC 12144: Another edition. T. Berthelette, 1554.

Witness: "[The double sorwe of Troilus to tellen]": LDev (29v-30r, 59v, 91r-92r), extracts from IV.13-14, 288-308, and 323-29 copied from STC 5068. Folio 29v begins, "And now my pen alas wyth wyche I wryte" (IV.13-14), 29v-30r "O very lord / o loue / o god alas" (adapted from IV.288-308, 323-29), 59v "for thylke grownde that bearyth the wedes wycke" (I.946-52), 91r "yff yt be so that ye so creuel be" (adapted from II.337-51, 778-84, 785-91, 855-61), 91v "for loue ys yet the moste stormy lyfe," 91v "Also wyckyd tonges byn so prest," 92r "And who that sayth that for to love ys vyce"; STC 12143-4 (2A3v).

STC 13860-62: Songes and Sonettes, written by the ryght honorable Lorde Henry Haward late Earle of Surrey, and other[edit]

Howard, Henry, Early of Surrey. STC 13860: Songes and Sonettes, written by the ryght honorable Lorde Henry Haward late Earle of Surrey, and other. R. Tottel, 1557; STC 13861: Another edition. R. Tottel, 1557; STC 13862: Another edition. R. Tottel, 1557 (STC 13862 is a reprint of STC 13861 with minor verbal variants).

Witness: “My harte I gave the not to do it paine”;My herte I gave the not to do yt paine": LDev (3r, 75v); STC 13860-62(3) (13r); See also LEge (13v).
Witness: “My lute awake performe that last labor”: LDev (14v-15r); “My lute awake perfourme the last”: STC 13860-62 (H3v-4r); see also LEge (43v-44r), DBla (125r-v), and STC 26053.5 (45v).
Witness: “Marvell nomore Altho”: LDev (16v); “Marvaill no moreal tho”: STC 13860-62(3) (F4v-G1r); see also LEge (35r-v).
Witness: “The restfull place Revyver of my smarte”: LDev (18r); STC 13860-62(3) (F2v); see also LEge (7v).
Witness: “Was neuer yet fyle half so well fylyd”: LDev (19v): “There was never file half so well filed”: STC 13860-62(3) (E1r); see also DBla (174r) and LEge (14v).
Witness: “Suche Wayn thowght / as wonted to myslede me /”: LDev (31r); STC 13860-62(3) (E4v); see also LEge (38r).
Witness: “So vnwarely was never no man cawght /”: LDev (32r); “Vnwarely so was neuer no man caught”: STC 13860-62(3) (H4r-v).
Witness: “The Wandryng gadlyng in the somer tyde /”: LDev (35v); STC 13860-62(3) (E4v-F1); see also LEge (32r).
Witness: “The lyvely sparkes that yssue frome those Iies /”: LDev (36v); STC 13860-62(3) (E1r); see also LEge (23v).
Witness: “Somtyme I fled the fyre that me brent /”: LDev (38v); “some tyme I fled the fyre that me brent”: STC 13860-62(3) (G2v); see also LEge (40r) and LHar78 (27r).
Witness: “to my meshap alas I ffynd”: LDev (42r-v); STC 13860-62(3) (Y4r-v); see also DBla (172r).
Witness: “So feble is the therd that dothe the burden staye”: LDev (49r-50v); STC 13860-62(3) (14v-K1v); see also LEge (67r-68v).
Witness: “o happy dames that may enbrayes”: LDev (55r-v); STC 13860-62(3) (B4r-v); see also L30513 (107r), LPro (28v-29r), and LHar78 (30v).
Witness: “Go burnynge siths vnto the frosen hert”: LDev (61v); STC 13860-62 (14r); see also LEge (16v).
Witness: “my ywtheffol days ar past”: LDev (68r-v); “My youthfull yeres are past”: STC 13860-62(3) (X1r).
Witness: “All yn the sight my lif doth hole depende”: LDev (69r); STC 13860-62 (H4v).
Witness: “Beholde love thye powre how she despisith”: LDev (69v); STC 13860-62 (G2r); see also LEge (4r).
Witness: “Theye fle from me that some tyme ded me seke”: LDev (69v-70v); STC 13860-62(3) (E4r); see also LEge (26v).
Witness: “Ceaser whan the traytor of egipte”: LDev (70r); STC 13860-62 (E2v); see also LEge (4v-5r).
Witness: “perdye I saide yt not”: LDev (70v-71r); STC 13860-62(3) (H4v-I1v); see also NHOsb (31v) and DBla (145r-v).
Witness: “Nature that gave the bee so fete agrace”: LDev (71v); STC 13860-62(3) (H4r); see also LEge (45r), LHar78 (27r), and DBla (129v).
Witness: “Ons me thoght ffortune me kist”;"Ons me thought fortune me kiste": LDev (71v, 73v-74r); “Ons as me thought fortune me kyst”: STC 13860-62(3) (H3r-v); see also LEge (42v).
Witness: “Resounde my voyse ye woodes that herithe me plaine”: LDev (72r); STC 13860-62(3) (F1v); see also LEge (17v).
Witness: “Venus thorns that are so sharp and kene”: LDev (72v); “Venemus thornes that ar so sharp & kene”: STC 13860-62(3) (2D2r); see also LEge (50r) and LHar78 (27r).
Witness: “Cruell desire my master and my foo”: LDev (73r); “Desire alas my master & my foo”: STC 13860-62 (K3v); see also LEge (50r).
Witness: “She sat and sewid that hathe done me the wronge”: LDev (73r); STC 13860-62(3) (G1v-2r); see also LEge (37r).
Witness: “Who hathe harde of such tyrannye before”: LDev (73r); STC 13860-62(3) (G2r); see also LEge (29v).
Witness: “I am not ded altho I had a falle”: LDev (74r); “He is not ded that somtyme hath a fall”: STC 13860-62(3) (G2v); see also LEge (40r).
Witness: “Nowe fare well love and theye lawes forever”: LDev (75r); “ffarewell Love and all thy lawes for ever”: STC 13860-62 (13r); see also LEge (13r).
Witness: “Eche man telles me I chaunge of my devise”: LDev (75v); “Eche man me telleth I chaunge moost my devise”: STC 13860-62 (E2v); see also LEge (11v).
Witness: “Mye love toke skorne my servise to retaine”: LDev (79v); “My loue to skorne, my seruice to retayne”: STC 13860-62(3) (G3r-v).
Witness: “Dryven bye desire I dede this dede”: LDev (81v); STC 13860-62 (2Lv); see also DBla (87r).
Witness: “I finde no peace and all my warre is donne”: LDev (82r-v); STC 13860-62(3) (E3r-v); see also LEge (20v).
Witness: “My nowne Iohn poyntz . sins ye delight to know”: LDev (85v-87r); STC 13860-62(3) (L3r-4r); see also LEge (49r-v), CCor168 (110v-111v), STC 13863-68(8) (F6v-7v), AAH (64r-65r), CFf.5.14 (5v-7r), and L36529 (30r-31r).
Witness: “My mothers maides . when they dyd sow or spin”: LDev (87v); STC 13860-62(3) (L1v-3); see also LEge (50v-52v).

STC 24650.5: The Courte of Venus. Newly and diligently corrected with many proper Ballades newly amended[edit]

The Courte of Venus. Newly and diligently corrected with many proper Ballades newly amended. 1563. STC 24650.2: French edition.

Witness: “My pen take payn a lytyll space”: LDev (3v); STC 24650.5 (A3v-4r); STC 24650.2 (A4r).
Witness: “My lute awake performe the last labor”: LDev (14v-15r); STC 24650.5 (A4r-5v); see also: STC 13863-68(8) (E1v-2r).
Witness: “Marvell nomore Altho”: LDev (16v); STC 24650.5 (A8r-8v); see also: STC 13863-68(8) (D3r-3v).
Witness: “Yff fansy wuld favour”: LDev (34v); STC 24650.5 (A6v-7r); see also: AAH (75r).

STC 26053.5: A Boke of Balettes[edit]

Wyatt, Sir Thomas. A Boke of Balettes. [Anon.] W. Copland, 1549.

Witness: “My pen take payn a lytyll space”: LDev (3v); STC 26053.5 (45r-v).
Witness: “My lute awake performe the last labor”: LDev (14v-15r); “My lute awake perfourme the last”: STC 26053.5 (45v); see also LEge (43v-44r), DBla (125r-v), and STC 13860-62 (H3v-4r).
Witness: “Yff fansy wuld favour”: LDev (34v); "The fantasy of my harte": STC 26053.5 (44r); see also LEge (30r-v).