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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Circumstantly three kings came by night
Mnemonic verses on the saints’ days in each month, adapted from the French — twelve quatrains
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 314; Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 310.
Subjects: mnemonics; didactic verse
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library R.B. 82241 (STC197673), sig. A.1v
First Lines:
Ianuerye hath xxii dayes
[Circum]stantly thre kynges came by nyght
By an hye[…] mye lyght…
Last Lines:
…Oswald forthe with saynt Victor
With George and Marke to do so no more
Maye hathe xxxi. dayes
Note: Ends incompletely; visible only under ultra-violet.
Editions:
Hanna, Ralph, ed. “The Index of Middle English Verse and Huntington Library Collections: A Checklist of Addenda.” Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America 74 (1980): 235-58: 258.
Means, Laurel. “‘Ffor as moche as yche man may not haue þe astrolabe:’ Popular Middle English Variations on the Computus.” Speculum 67 (1992): 595-623: 615.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: Sarum Prymer, Paris, 1529
Note: Pierpont Morgan Library copy is New York, Pierpont Morgan Library Acc. No. 28432.
2.Source: Horae, Rouen, 1557
First Lines:
Cir. cum. staunt. ly. thre. Kings .came. by. nynght
By. an. hye. hell. or. day. light…
Last Lines:
…And. for. grace. pray. good. Tho. mas. ynde
To. Crist. Steuen. iohan. Chylde. to. be. kynd
Note: Pierpont Morgan Library copy is New York, Pierpont Morgan Library Acc. No. 28432.
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “‘At thy golg first eut of the house vlysse the saynge thus.’” Studies in the Renaissance 6 (1959): 223-35: 230-2.