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He that made with His hand
Arthour and Merlin (couplet version)
Note: See 2807, and 1003 for longer version.
Title(s): Arthour and Merlin
Subjects: Arthurian literature; Merlin
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 236 (SC 21810), ff. 1-36v
First Lines:
After his fader deyng
Sote to say with outen blame…
Last Lines:
…To al þy frendes fer & ner
þe to helpen with al her power
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly, 1278 lines.
Editions:
Kölbing, Eugen. Arthour and Merlin. Altenglische Bibliothek 4. Leipzig: Reisland, 1890: 275-355.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27879, p. 145
Note: 2378 lines.
Editions:
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 1.417.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 6223, ff. 123-123v
First Lines:
He that made with his honde
Wynde wode watar and londe…
Last Lines:
…Bothe by day & also by nyght
For he thowght hym selffe by treson
Note: Fragment: lines 1-61.
Editions:
Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald, ed. Arthour and Merlin. Abbotsford Club 12. Edinburgh, 1838: x-xiii.
4.Source: London, Lincoln’s Inn Hale 150, ff. 13; 2-3; 14-27v
First Lines:
He þat made wiþ his hond
wynd and water wode and lond…
Last Lines:
…he blesse ows alle wiþ his hond
and sende ows pes in Engelond
Note: 2490 lines.
Attributed Title: Incipit the History of Merlin (f. 13, later hand); Explicit Merlin (f. 27v, by scribe)
Editions:
Kölbing, Eugen. Arthour and Merlin. Altenglische Bibliothek 4. Leipzig: Reisland, 1890: 275-355i.