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For Scots / Tell I for sots
A song of victory over the Scots inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle — one 6-line stanza
Note: See 5618 for Brut version; cf. Fabyan’s Chronicle, ed.Ellis (1811), 398.
Title(s): Chronicle
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; Scots, songs against; historical poems; songs, soldiers’
Versification: — six-line — aabccb
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, Lambeth Palace Library 131: not in this MS.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 24 (SC 3904), f. 8
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 298, 395.
2.Source: Oxford, All Souls College 39, f. 102v
Transcription:
ffor scottes
telle I for sottes
and wreches vn ware
Vnselle
dentes to dele
þaym drogh to sunbare
Note: Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1, f. 341
Transcription:
For sottes
Telle i for sottes
And wirches vn warre
Vn sele
diutes to dele
þaim drohg to dunbarre
Note: Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 298, 395.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius A.V, f. 148
Transcription:
For scottes
Tell I for sottes
And wreches un war
Vnsele
Dintes to dele
Þam drohu to Dunbar
Note: Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft, in French Verse, from the Earliest Period to the Death of King Edward I. 2 vols. Rolls Series 47 (1866-68): 2.252.
Hearne, Thomas, ed. Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle: as illustrated and improv’d by Robert of Brunne, from the death of Cadwalader to the end of K. Edward the First’s reign. Oxford : Printed at the Theater, [London: Reprinted for S. Bagster, in the Strand], 1810: 278.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 210.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 114, f. 137
Transcription:
For scottes
Telle i for sottes
and wreches vn warre
Un sele
Dintes to tele
þaim drohg to dunbarre
Note: Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle. Lines 1-2 and 4-5 written two verse lines per line of M.
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.II, ff. 126v-127
Transcription:
ffor scottes
Tel I for sottes
And Wreches vn waire
Vnsele
Dintes to dele
Þam drought to Dunbar
Note: Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
7.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.XI, f. 109v
Transcription:
For þe scottis . telli for sottis . & wetchis vnwar
Vnsele dintes to dele . þem drouh to dunbar
Note: Several verse lines per manuscript line. Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
8.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 14, f. 140v2
Transcription:
Skiterende scottes
I telle for sottes
And wreches vnwar
Mikel vnsele
Dintes to dele
þem drof to Dunbar
Note: Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 298, 395.
Scattergood, V. John. “Revision in some Middle English Political Verses.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 211 (1974): 287-99.
9.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 61, f. 130r2
Transcription:
ffor scottes tell i for sottes and wrecches on war
Vnsele dyntes to dele þam drog to Dunbare
Note: Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
10.Source: London, Inner Temple Petyt 511.7 (Part VII), f. 176r1
Transcription:
þe scottis I tell for sottis & wrecchis vnwar
vnsele dyntis to dele þam drouh to dunbar
Note: In Robert Mannyng of Brunne; see 3253.
Attributed Author: Couwe (f. 176, rubric, in margin)
Editions:
Sullens, Idelle, ed. Robert Mannyng of Brunne: The Chronicle. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1996: 654.
11.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 12154
Note: Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.