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Harkeneth both young and old
[The Romance of] Sir Otuel — in couplets
Note: See 1787.
Title(s): Otuel
Subjects: romances
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 376 (SC 21951), pp. 1-72
First Lines:
Herkneþ boþ ȝunge and olde
þat willen heren of batailles bolde…
Last Lines:
…And for his lond rente ȝiue
Wiþ þe none he mote liue
Note: At the end: ‘Cetera Desunt’.
Attributed Title: Otuel a Kniȝt (f. 1)
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 268ra-272vb
First Lines:
HErkneþ boþe ȝinge & olde
þat willen heren of batailles bolde…
Last Lines:
…[ ] fair w[ ]
[ ] þai [ ]
Note: 1738 lines in this MS, many folios mutilated; ends imperfectly due to lost leaves, and last extant folio (277v) virtually illegible. Nineteenth-century transcript in Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 376 (SC 21951), f. 1.
Attributed Title: Otuel a kniȝt (f. 286ra)
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:
Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald, ed. The Romances of Rouland and Vernagu, and Otuel from the Auchinleck Manuscript. Abbotsford Club 4. Edinburgh, 1836: 31-84.
Herrtage, Sidney John Hervon, ed. The English Charlemagne Romances VI: The Taill of Rauf Coilyear, with the fragments of Roland and Vernagu and Otuel. EETS e.s. 39 (1882); repr. 1969: 65-116.