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The Lives of Ss. Edmund and Fremund: Text

MS Harley 2278 fol. 6r
[This is the beginning of the Prologue to Book 1 of the "Lives."]

[The initial "T" is elaborately decorated, with sprays extending through the left margin and filling the bottom margin.]

[The page includes the presentation miniature: This illumination is the size of two stanzas, and shows the king, enthroned in majesty, surrounded by a circle of monks, receiving a book from the hand of a monk: is this Lydgate or the Abbot Curteys?]

The noble story / to putte in remembrau[n]ce
Of saynt Edmund / martir maide & kyng
With his support / my stile I wil auau[n]ce
ffirst to compile / aftir my ku[n]nyng
His glorious lif / his birthe and his gynnyng
And be discent / how that he that was so good
Was in saxonie born / of the roial blood
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