John Lydgate: Poems


  • "Who lesith his fredam, in soth, he lesith all." β€”an old proverb Lydgate included in his moral fable The Churl and the Bird[1]
  • Lydgate wrote that King Arthur was crowned in "the land of the fairy", and taken in his death by four fairy queens, to Avalon where he lies under a "fairy hill", until he is needed again.[6]
  • Lydgate is also credited with the first known usage of the adage "Needs must" in its fullest form: "He must nedys go that the deuell dryves" in his The Assembly of Gods. Shakespeare later uses it in All's Well That Ends Well.

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