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The Testament of John Lydgate:
British Library Harley 218 Verses

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Here be gynneth the prologe of damp Iohnn Lidgates1
testament Monk of Bury
O howe holsom and glad / is the memorie
Of cryst ihesu / surmountyng ałł swetnesse
Name of conquest / of triumphe and victorie
Tassaut of sathan / to venquysshe and oppresse
To whiche name / seynt poule bereth wytnesse
Of heuene and erthe / and infernal pouste
Alle creatures of rygħt / and dewe humblesse
And of hole herte / bowe shałł ther knee
No song so sote / vnto the audience
As is Ihesus nor so fułł / of2 plesaunce
Ageyn ałł enemyes / sheld paveys and defence
To heuy hertes / chief comfort in sobstaunce3
Of gostly gladnesse / most souereyne suffisaunce
Chief directorie / to hevene ward the cite
Gladdest resorte / of spirituałł remembraunce
To whome ałłe gretnes / bowe shal ther kne
To alle folkes / þat stonde in repentaunce
With herte contrite / made ther confessioun4
Of wille and thougħt / accomplysshed ther penaunce
And to ther power / done satisfaccioun
That cleyme by mene of Crystes passioun5
Marked with tav. .Τ. for more suerte
To them Ihesu / shałł graunte fułł pardoun
To aske hym mercy / whann
  1. This is bracketed in red on both sides. Additionally, unlike with the initial letters of each line the capital letters of Lydgate's name are not touched as well as capitalized.
  2. The terminating otiose mark on the "f" is touched
  3. The EETS edition does a silent correction to "substaunce" here, but the second glyph is similar to the "o" in "comfort" and "To" in the same line and is markedly difference than the "u" elsewhere in this word.
  4. MacCraken consistently renders this suspension as "un", but the shape of some of the other glyphs suggests that this is meant to be a suspended "u" rather than "n."
  5. The scribe has a suspension mark over the final two glyphs, but has rendered the "un" ending already.