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First as the earth increaseth populace
The Origin and Description of Heraldry — thirty-six rhyme royal stanzas
Title(s): The Origin and Description of Heraldry
Subjects: heraldry
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Queen’s College 161, ff. 110-113v
First Lines:
ffirst as þe erth incresith populus
So convalit vicis and variance…
Last Lines:
…My said lordis correct me deligent
To maidmenis or sey ye remanent
Editions:
Bowers, Robert Hood. “The Middle Scotch Poem on Heraldry in Queen’s College MS 161.” Modern Language Notes 51 (1936): 429-31: 429-31.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 6149, ff. 151-155
First Lines:
FIrst as þe erth incresith populus
So convalit vicit & variance…
Last Lines:
…My said lordis correk me diligent
To maid menis or sey þe remanent
Note: Preceded by six folios of heraldic illustrations (ff. 145v-150v).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Queene Elizabethes Achademy, etc. EETS e.s. 8 (1869); repr. 1973: 93-1021.