This line only occurs as penultimate line of 3066
in Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 21-29v
: on f.
, ‘…This ryme mad an hermyte & dide it writen in
parchemyn…’; confusion may have arisen from two sources: first, 548
in this MS (ff.
-83) tells a tale about a hermit, beginning, ‘And we fynden
writen of an Ermyte’, f. 29 was formerly numbered ‘42’, and a tear
through this number might result in the ‘4’ looking like an ‘8’
in a photograph. For references to this ghost, see Small (1862)
, 231 and note 4.