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God in glory of mights most
The Sowdone of Babylone, a Charlemagne romance — 3274 lines mainly in quatrains
Title(s): The Sowdone of Babylone
Subjects: romances
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Garrett 140 [olim Phillipps 8357], pp. 1-81
First Lines:
gOd in glorye of myghteste moost
That al thinge made in Sapience
By vertue of woorde and holy goost…
Last Lines:
…And gyf vs ioye of the beste
That of here Gestes rede
Note: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 175 (SC 21749) [olim Phillipps 8322]pp. 1-81, is a late seventeenth-century transcript; ed. French and Hale (1930), 239-84 (lines 1491-2118, 2175-3038, 3151-3225).
Attributed Title: Here endithe the Romaunce of the Sowdoun of Babyloyne And of fferumbras his sone who conquerede Rome And Kynge Charles off ffraunce with xii dosyn Peres toke the Sowdon in the feelde And Smote of his heede (p. 81)
Editions:
The Romaunce of the Sowdone of Babyloyne and of Ferumbras his Sone who conquerede Rome. Roxburghe Club [71] London: W. Nicol, Shakespeare Press, 1854; ed. by W. Nichol?.
Hausknecht, Emil, ed. The English Charlemagne Romances, V: The Romances of Sowdone of Babylone. EETS e.s. 38 (1881); repr. 1969.
French, Walter Hoyt, and Charles Brockway Hale. Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1930: 239 (lines 1491-3226 only).
Lupack, Alan, ed. Three Middle English Charlemagne Romances. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1990: 1-108.