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Adam prince of all mankind
History of the World from Adam to 1518, in centuries, with numerous digressions and prayers to O.T. heroes, Christian saints, and an introductory prose prologue — generally in interlocking cross-rhymed quatrains
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 61.
Subjects: history, world; prayers
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 160 (SC 3692), ff. 1v-108
First Lines:
ADame prince of all mankind
ffirst indwellerre of paradise
God gaue the lordshipe ose we finde
Of erthly creaturs in euery wise…
Last Lines:
…And bringe vs all vnto thy blysse
& namly kep all tru Cristintee
All heretikes thes sectes & haithen wisse
That of all on flok & fold may bee
Note: With a prose prologue preceding on f. 1, beginning, ‘THe gret gloriuse saynte & holy doctore Saint Ierome In the secund part of his Explanaciouns writes a lityll buke off the dignytes & nobyll dedes of sum of þe most nobill & holyeste faders Of the old testament…’ (f. 1); prose lists of saints in each century after Christ between stanzas on same.
Attributed Title: This endit the viiith day afor Cristmeme (sic) [ ] ȝer of our lord Ihesu M D & xviii wher the [ ] matere failes I besekthe rede to amend [ ] & haue pite one my lewt raclenes & pray f[ ] (by scribe, rubric, f. 108)