a picture of John Lydgate with the initials of the
The Testament of John Lydgate:
Long Melford Verses

HomeAbout the ArchiveAbout John LydgateWorksManuscriptsAbout this ManuscriptEditorial ApparatusContactVisualization

South Wall (View Model)
First PanelSecond PanelThird PanelFourth PanelFifth PanelSixth PanelSeventh Panel

First Panel
Compare Witnesses:
Now in the name of oure lord ihesus
of right hool herte & in oure1 best entent
oure lyf remembryng froward and vicious
ay contrarye to the comaundement
of crist ihesu now wyth avisement
the lord beseching [..]2 mercy and pete
oure youthe & age that we have myspent
wyth this woord mercy knelyng on oure kne3
  1. Although “r” on the painted panels of the chapel is consistently written with an otiose mark when it concludes a word, the mark here is rendered more heavily and with a dot indicating suspension above the r. This rendering as “oure” is a linguistic outlier for the area based on the electronic Linguistic Atlas of Late Medieval English’s linguistic profiles for “oure,” “our,” and “oure.” See eLALME's User Defined Maps for more information. Unfortunately the current online version (as of 6 December 2022) does not allow direct linking between static dotmaps and linguistic profiles.
  2. Trapp suggests "of" here, which fits the space in a way that MacCracken's "in thyn" will not, but it does not seem to fit the admittedly paltry remnants of the text. "In" seems the likely word here, but the text is too damaged to definitively state that this is the case.
  3. This change occurs only in the Clopton verses.