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God that art of mights most
Sir Gowther, a ‘Breton lai’ — in 12-line stanzas
Title(s): Sir Gowther
Subjects: romances; lais, Breton
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 B.XLIII, ff. 116-131v
First Lines:
GOd that art of myghtis most
ffader and sone and holy gost…
Last Lines:
…To heuyn blys here sowles wend
With angelys bryght of ble
Note: 691 vv.
Attributed Title: Explicit vita sancti (f. 131v)
Editions:
Breul, Karl, ed. Sir Gowther: Eine Englische Romanze aus dem xv. Jahrhundert…. Oppeln: E. Franck, 1886.
Utterson, Edward Vernon. Select Pieces of Early English Popular Poetry. London: Davison, 1817: 1.157.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 11-27v
First Lines:
…[ ] ȝht wemen nere
And makyd horn with chyld…
Last Lines:
…Gyff vs myȝt with hym to won
þat lord þat is most of meyn Amen
Note: 757 lines; begins imperfectly.
Attributed Title: sir gwother (RT); Explicit sir goþer (f. 27v)
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
Editions:
Breul, Karl, ed. Sir Gowther: Eine Englische Romanze aus dem xv. Jahrhundert…. Oppeln: E. Franck, 1886.
Laskaya, Anna, and Eve Salisbury, eds. The Middle English Breton Lays. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1995: 263-307.