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hand, large colored capital. Forty-three stanzas of eight lines; eight stanzas are lost with a missing leaf. Copies in Lansdowne 699, Leyden Voss. 9 ; that in Harley 2255 is printed by Halliwell, Minor Poems of Lydgate p. 135. (4) foll. 4ob-41a. Chaucer's Former Age; printed Ch. Soc. PT p. I 73. (5) foll. 41b-44a. The Complaint of the Virgin, with refrain “Quia amore langueo.” Sixteen stanzas of eight lines. See Anglia 30 : 330. On 44b are scrawled some lines from the Dietary, and the date of the 22d year of Henry VIII's reign. 45b is also scribbled; John Yarrade's name appears. (6) foll. 46a-57b. Lydgate's Horse, Goose, and Sheep. Ed. by Degenhart, Leipzig, 1900, from eight MSS. (7) foll. 58a–74a. Lydgate’s Fabula Duorum Mercatorum. Ed. Zupitza-Schleich, Strassburg 1897, from six MSS. (8) foll. 74b-8Ia. Lydgate’s Churl and Bird. Other MSS, see under description of Lansdowne 699 in this section. (9) foll. 82a–83b. Lydgate's Utter thy Language. See Section V here. (Io) foll. 84a–85a. Lydgate’s Horns Away. See Anglia 28 : 9, ibid. 30 : 336 note, and p. 343. (II) fol. 85a-b. “Upon a cros nayled I was for thee.” Five stanzas of eight lines. Copies in Harley 2255, Laud 683, Univ. Libr. Cambr. Kk i, 6, Jesus Coll. Cambr. 56, Cotton Calig. A ii, Rawl. poet. 32, Adds. 29729. This text printed Polit. Rel. and Love Poems, p. I I I. (12) foll. 86a–87b. Midsummer Rose. See Anglia 28 : 15. (13) fol. 88a–b. “The world so wyde the ayer so remoueable.
Seven stanzas of eight lines, the second of six lines. See
(14) foll. 89a-91a. “Thorow out a palys as I gan passe”; refrain
(15) foll. 91a-93b. “Quid eligam ignoro.” Twenty-one stanzas of eight lines.
(16) foll. 94a-99. Chaucer's Parlement of Foules, defective at close. Printed Ch. Soc. OT p. 1 ff.
Apparently the same hand made the copies from Utter
thy Language through the MS. The Parlement of Foules is either in two hands or written at different times by the same copyist.
Ii iii, 21: On vellum, 298 leaves 125% by 85% inches. A copy of Chaucer's Boece and of “Theutoniciuš’” exposition of it. Of the XIV century, according to the catalogue. On fol. 52b begins the Former Age, headed as described under the poem, Section IV D below; on 53a, at the close of the Former Age, follows Fortune, headed “Causer / Balades de vilage sanz peinture.” A folio is reprod. Ch. Soc. Autotypes; there dated I420-30, and dated in the Forewords ibid. “of the first third of the XV century.” See Skeat II: xxxvii-xli.
Kk i, 5: Described by Lumby, preface to EETS ed. of Ratis
Raving, 1870, as a volume of eight parts; part 6, in one hand of the XV century, is in the Lowland Scots dialect, and comprises II items. The third of these is Chaucer's Truth. The entire contents of this part are printed by Lumby ; Truth is upon his pp. 9-IO.
(6) In Cambridge Colleges
Trinity College: MSS R 3, 19, R 3, 20, R 3, 21, and R I4, 51 are described by James in volume II of his Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, 4 vols., 1900-1903. See also notes on R 3, 20 in Anglia 22 : 364 ff., 27 : 381-398, 28 : 1-28, 30 : 320-348; and Brotanek, Die engl. Maskenspiele, Vienna and Leipzig, I902.
St. John's College: G 21 contains the ABC; I have not seen this MS. L I contains the Troilus; I have not seen this MS; see Skeat II : lxxv.
Magdalen College Pepys 2006: Description in Mod. Lang. Notes 19 : 196-198. List of contents in Todd's Illustrations, p. II6.
Corpus Christi College: Number 61 contains the Troilus; I have not seen this MS; see Skeat II : 1xix.
(7) In Private Possession, etc.
Bannatyne: In the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh. Printed, with introductions, for the Hunterian Club, 1873-1880, 3 vols. The MS was compiled by George Bannatyne, a Scotchman, in 1568, as a collection of Scottish poetry. Its texts are Scottish or Scottified, and frequently corrupt.
Bedford: Described by Furnivall, Athen. 1876 II : 623-24.
Campsall: In the possession of Mr. Bacon Frank. A copy of the Troilus, executed for Henry V while he was Prince of Wales, before 1415. Printed for the Chaucer Society, First Series Nos. LXIII, LXIV, and separately as No. LXXIX. See Hist. MSS Comm. Report VI, p. 464-5; Skeat II : lxvii-ix. Two pages are reprod. Ch. Soc. Autotypes.
Durham V ii, 13. Contains the Troilus. See Skeat II : lxxv; see Catalogi Veteres Librorum Ecclesiae Cathedralis Dunelm.,
Surtees Soc., 1838, pp. 154-55.
Glasgow, Hunterian Museum Q, 2, 25 contains the ABC. The
manuscript V, 3, 7 is described by Skeat I : 13; see under Romaunt of the Rose, Section V below.
Leyden, Vossius 9: See Robinson in Harvard Studies V : 187 ff. Contains Fortune and Truth, the texts unprinted, but probably sisters to those in Lansdowne 699.
Longleat 258: In the possession of the Marquess of Bath, and at Longleat House, Warminster, Wiltshire. List of contents given Ch. Soc. Odd Texts p. 25I; contents and descriptions in Mod. Lang. Notes 20 : 77-79. See Schick, Temple of Glass, pp. xxivxxv, Hist. MSS Comm. Report III : 188-9. The Chaucerian contents are: Mars, Pity, Anelida, Parlement of Foules.
Phillipps 8252: Contains the Troilus. See Skeat II : lxxv.
B. Prints and Editions of the Minor Poems
Caxton: Caxton printed, without date, these minor poems as by Chaucer: the Parlement of Foules, Scogan unto the Lords, Gentilesse, a stanza beginning “With empty hand man may no hawkes lure”, Truth, Fortune, Scogan, Mars, Anelida, Purse, and the couplets printed by Thynne just after his table of contents described here (Section V) under Prophecy and It Falleth ; these, as the second and fourth bits above named, are nonChaucerian. All the Chaucerian texts are printed by the Chaucer Society; see under each heading below. The texts are described by Blades, see his pp. 202, 2II, 212; Blades gives the Parlement of Foules the title Temple of Bras, as in Caxton. The copy of the Anelida, in the Cambridge University Library, is unique, and a facsimile has been issued by the University Press, 1906. The volume as described by Dibdin I : 306–31 I was bound in separate parts under Bradshaw's direction, cp. Blades p. 20I. Caxton also printed two eds. of the Canterbury Tales, see Section III C ante, and the House of Fame, the Boethius, the Troilus; see under each heading here.
No collection, even partial, of the Minor Poems was brought together until the ed. by Pynson in 1526, see Section II D here. In subsequent prints of the Works or Poems the minor poems are included.
Pickering: The Romaunt of the Rose, Troilus and Cressida, and the Minor Poems. With a life of Chaucer by Sir Harris Nicolas. London, Pickering, 1846, 3 vols. Here are included, under the title Minor Poems: Legend of Good Women, a *Goodly Balade of Chaucer (*Mother of Nurture), Book of the Duchess, Assembly of Foules, Anelida and Arcite, *Complaint of the Black Knight, *Praise of Women, House of Fame, Mars and Venus, *Cuckoo and Nightingale, *Court of Love, *Chaucer's Dream (*Isle of Ladies), *Flower and Leaf, ABC, Balade sent to King Richard (Sted fastnesse), Good Counseil of Chaucer (Truth), Ballade of the Village without Painting (Fortune), Lenvoy de Chaucer (Scogan), *Go forth King, To his empty Purse, A ballad (Gentilesse), *Proverb against Covetise and Negligence, Pity, *Virelai, *Chaucer’s Prophecy, Chaucer’s Words unto his own Scrivener. The Prophecy has Singer's note, with his initials, see Section V here; the texts are thus probably from the Pickering ed. of 1822, the Chiswick Chaucer, see Section II D. Bukton, as in the Chiswick, follows the Book of the Duchesse, with no heading; its first line reads “My master, Bukton . . . . .”, see below. Starred works are discussed in Section V, others below under D.
Skeat: Chaucer. The Minor Poems. W. W. Skeat, Oxford 1888. : Second and enlarged ed. Oxford 1896. Contents: ABC, Pity, Book of the Duchesse, Mars, Parlement of Foules, Merciles Beaute, Anelida, Words to Adam, House of Fame, Former Age, Fortune, Truth, Gentilesse, Lak of Stedrastnesse, Against Women Unconstant, Scogan, Bukton, Venus, Purse, Proverbs. An appendix contains: Compleint to his Lady, Amorous Compleint, Balade of Compleint; and the Supplement to the second ed. adds: To Rosemounde, Womanly Noblesse, Complaint to my Mortal Foe, and Complaint to my Lodesterre. Reviewed Athen. 1889 I: 466; Acad. I889 I: 178, 222 (Pollard); see Skeat ibid. 205; Anglia II : 641-2 (Wülker); Amer. Jour. Phil. Io: 97-8 (Garnett); Dial Io: Ioz; Engl. Stud. 15: 399– 418 (Koch); Mod. Lang. Notes 4:359-363 (Bright); Nation 1889 I: 527–29 (Lounsbury); Sat. Review 67: 712. Skeat's additions to the Chaucer Society list are, in his first ed., Merciles Beaute, Against Women Unconstant, and the three poems of the Appendix; in his second ed. he further added the poems of the Supplement. See under each poem in Section V here.