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>English poems by Thomas Hoccleve and John Lydgate, Written in the second quarter of the 15th century

MS. Seldon Supra 53

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English poems by Thomas Hoccleve and John Lydgate:

  1. Fol. 1. The Regement of Princes, by Thomas Hoccleve, wanting sixteen leaves (128 stanzas) at the beginning: the text beg. 'Knyghthood awake, thou slepist to longe': at end 'Explicit Egidius de Regimine Principum'.
  2. Fol. 76. Hoccleve's Complaint, with prologue, but no author's name.
  3. Fol. 83v. Hoccleve's Dialogue, without author's name: at end 'Explicit Dialogue'.
  4. Fol. 98v. 'Incipit quedam fabula de quadam bona & nobili Imperatrice Romana', Hoccleve's Tale of the Emperor Gerelaüs: followed at fol. 115v by its prose moralization (with prologue in verse), but all after 'the good conscience wher' is wanting, a leaf being lost.
  5. Fol. 117. 'To lerne to die', by Hoccleve, wanting the first three stanzas, a leaf being lost: a well executed miniature of Death approaching a man is on fol. 118. At end follows a verse 'prolog on the ixe lessone that is redde on Alle Halwen day', with a prose commentary on the lesson (fol. 133).
  6. Fol. 134v. 'The Tale of Jonatas', by Hoccleve, with verse prologue and prose moralization.
  7. Fol. 148. 'The Daunce of Deeth', by John Lydgate, here without author's name.
  8. A slightly later hand of about 1475 has added (1) two 8-line stanzas (beg. 'Let se your hand my ladi dam emperys'), fol. 158v, and (2) the poem beginning 'Erthe apon erthe', B version, fol. 159v.
  9. There is some scribbling, annotating, and drawing in the margins after fol. 83, largely by Richard Burnett in the 16th cent.


  • Creation: Written in the second quarter of the 15th century


161 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Seldon Supra 53


Old Selden mark = 53

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 3441

Custodial History

Manuscript 3456 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment, with one miniature, illuminated capitals, etc.


10 3/8 × 8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom