John Shirley and John Gower

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This essay revisits the question of the authorship of the short Middle English poem, 'Passe forth thou pilgrim', attributed to John Gower in its earliest surviving manuscript by the scribe John Shirley. The modern editor of Gower's works, G. C. Macaulay, dismissed the notion of Gower's authorship, resulting in the poem's subsequent neglect. This article covers questions of authorship, attribution, and authenticity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJohn Gower in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
EditorsMartha Driver, Derek Pearsall, R. F. Yeager
Place of PublicationWoodbridge
PublisherD. S. Brewer
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781843845539
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2020

Publication series

NamePublications of the John Gower Society
PublisherD. S. Brewer


  • John Shirley
  • John Gower
  • authorship
  • Middle English poetry
  • manuscripts
  • authenticity
  • G. C. Macaulay


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