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Harkeneth hitherward ye lordlings
The Anonymous Short Metrical Chronicle of England — in couplets
Title(s): The Anonymous Short Metrical Chronicle of England
Subjects: chronicles
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson F.145 (SC 15432), ff. 12; 11; 6; 7
First Lines:
In that tyme þe pope of rome
He be thowth hym wel swythe sone…
Last Lines:
…He lete hym in a schryne done
Bothe with flesshe & with bone
Note: C-text; fragment: 226 lines, corresponding to lines 301-66, 629-766 of London, British Library Royal 12 C.XII, A-text.
Editions:
Carroll, Marion Crane, and Rosemond Tuve. “Two Manuscripts of the Middle English Anonymous Riming Chronicle.” PMLA 46 (1931): 115-54: 117-48.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.14.2, ff. 260-285
First Lines:
Herkeniþ hederward lordyngis
he þat wollen here of kyngis…
Last Lines:
…praying for þe pees to our gode spede
Now Ihesu Cristys sone help vs þerto vp oure grete nede
Note: C-text, with prose insertions.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 95-112
First Lines:
Herkenet hiderward lordynges
ȝe that willen here of kynges…
Last Lines:
…thrugh his hestis ten
syng we now alle Amen
Note: Headings for each king, e.g., ‘After him regned edwarde his sone’ (f. 112).
Attributed Title: Principium Anglie (f. 95)
Editions:
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 249-87.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 19677, ff. 92va-100rb
First Lines:
Herkeneþ hider ward ȝe lordynges
Ȝe þat wollen ihure of kynges…
Last Lines:
…Þoru his hestis þat beþ ten
& sei we alle nou amen amen
Note: C-text; 1061 lines. Two-column format.
Editions:
Zettl, Ewald, ed. An Anonymous Short English Metrical Chronicle. EETS o.s. 196 (1935); repr. 1971: 1-45 (with all variants).
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.XI, f. 14
First Lines:
After þe king lud Regnede king bladud
He was a kelere of nigremancie…
Last Lines:
…For god ne was noȝt ȝut ibor
Ne deþ soff rede him bifore
Note: C-text; a single leaf, 48 lines. Corrected (Hamer (1995), note) from London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.IX.
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 12 C.XII, ff. 62-68v
First Lines:
HErkneþ hedeward Lordynges
Ȝe þat wolleþ here of kynges…
Last Lines:
…At gauerssich ȝe mowe wyte
Þer his heued wes of smyte
Note: A-text; 1037 lines.
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient English Metrical Romances. 3 vols. London, 1802; rev. Edmund Goldsmid and repr. Edinburgh: Goldlsmid, 1884: 2.270-31.
O’Farrell-Tate, Una, ed. The Abridged English Metrical Brut: Edited from British Library MS Royal 12 C.xii. Middle English Texts 32. Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag: Hedelberg, 2002.
7.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 304ra-317rb
First Lines:
Herkeneþ hiderward lordinges
Ȝe þat wil here of kinges…
Last Lines:
…Þurth his hates þat be ten
Say we now alle amen
Note: C-text, 2370 lines in this MS.
Attributed Title: Explicit Liber Regum Anglie (f. 317rb); Here may men rede who so can / hou Inglond first bigan / þen mow it finde In englische / as þe brout it telleþ y wiis (f. 304ra)
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:
Carroll, Marion Crane, and Rosemond Tuve. “Two Manuscripts of the Middle English Anonymous Riming Chronicle.” PMLA 46 (1931): 115-54: 117-48.
8.Source: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, MS M 199 [olim Christie’s catalogue 26 June 1991], ff. 392v; 391v-391
First Lines:
After [the] king Lud
reigned his sonne bladud…
Last Lines:
…þe thyrd ele;omg streate is
þe iiijth sottis diche ywis &c
Note: A fragment, equivalent to lines 151-224 in Zettl (1935); leaves misbound.
Editions:
Grund, Peter. “A Previously Unrecorded Fragment of the Middle English Short Metrical Chronicle in Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica M199.” English Studies 87 (2006): 277-93: 289-90.