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Harkeneth all to my speech
Speculum Gyde Warewyke’ (also entitled ‘Speculum Mundi’ and ‘Speculum vtile istius mundi’) — in couplets
Title(s): Speculum Gyde Warewyke’; ‘Speculum Mundi’; ‘Speculum vtile istius mundi
Subjects: Guy of Warwick; Romances
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.220 (SC 29430), ff. 2va-8vb
First Lines:
HErkeneþ alle to my speche
& helpe of soule y wol ȝow teche
þat y wole speke it is no fable
Ac it is swyþe profytable…
Last Lines:
…for ȝif he dede he wot wel
he scholde lese of his catel…
Note: Lines 1-896 only.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.11.89, ff. 162v-179v
First Lines:
Herkeneþ all vnto my speche
Hele of saule I wyll þu teche…
Last Lines:
…In trowþe loue & in charite
Amen Amen so mot it be
3.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.30 (256), pp. 254a-269a
First Lines:
lestnet alle to my spelle
Helþe of soule i wil ȝou telle
þat i wil saie nis no fable
bote it is swiþe profitable…
Last Lines:
…& god leue so mote we
Sey alle amen par charite
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 268rb-275ra
First Lines:
Herkeneþ alle to my spelle
And hele of soule I wolle telle…
Last Lines:
…In trewe loue & charite
Amen amen so mow hit be
Attributed Title: Incipit alquyne (f. 258rb); Explicit alquyne (f. 274ra)
5.Source: London, British Library Arundel 140, ff. 147ra-151vb
First Lines:
HErkenyþe all to my speche
And heel of soul I wyll ȝow tech…
Last Lines:
…Þe bonde nyl neuer lond ne styll
Do nouȝt a ȝeyne his lordes wyll
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 525, f. 44
Note: With many omissions.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 1731, f. 134
Note: Lines 1-910 only.
8.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 B.XVII, ff. 19-36
First Lines:
Herkens alle to my speche
And hele of soule I wil ȝou teche…
Last Lines:
…In trewe loue & charite
Amen amen so mot hit be
Attributed Title: Explicit hic speculum vtile istius mundi (f. 36)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.24-36.
9.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 39ra-48ra
First Lines:
Herkneþ alle to my speche
And hele of soule i may ou teche…
Last Lines:
…Þat is king [ ]
And ȝeue us [ ]…
Note: 1031 lines; ends imperfectly due to loss of part of folio.
Facsimiles:
Pearsall, Derek, and I. C. Cunningham, eds. The Auchinleck Manuscript. National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 19.2.1. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Morrill, Georgiana Lea, ed. Speculum Gy de Warewyke. EETS e.s. 75 (1898); repr. 1988.
10.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 50 [MS 45388; olim Quaritch Sale Cat. 328, Item 584], pp. 205-224
First Lines:
Herkenes alle to my speche
And hele of soule I may ȝow teche…
Last Lines:
…The vertu of he[ ]te
ff[ ] þing wolde [ ] þow show
Note: Lines 1-659 only; ends incomplete, damaged by damp.