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Harkeneth now both more and less
Tale of an incestuous daughter — at least 47 6-line stanzas (aabccb)
Note: For another version see 2916.
Subjects: incest; tales
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 66-67v
First Lines:
That I schall neuer with þe dele
At bede at bord mete ne mele
My synne I haue for sake
A sche seyd þu wyked man…
Last Lines:
…Vn to Ioy [Ioy] þat we may wende
Lord for þi holy grace
Note: Lines 1-117 wanting.
Editions:
Thum, Albert Otto. “Untersuchungen über die mittelenglische fromme erzaelung, ‘A Tale of an Incestuous Daughter’.” Diss. Rostock. Berlin, 1892.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 180-5; 491-6; 608-9.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 44-48
First Lines:
Herkyns now bothe more and lasse
I wille yow telle of aheuy casse…
Last Lines:
…were hit neuer so gret foly
And ȝet shalle ȝe heuon wynne
ffinitur fabula
Note: Part missing, possibly an entire folio, between ff. 44-45.
Editions:
Thum, Albert Otto. “Untersuchungen über die mittelenglische fromme erzaelung, ‘A Tale of an Incestuous Daughter’.” Diss. Rostock. Berlin, 1892.
Hartshorne, Charles Henry. Ancient Metrical Tales. London: W. Pickering, 1829: 151-64.
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 334-8.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 103-15.