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I read in a story I can shew you anon
A tale of Henry III and the Archbishop of Canterbury
Subjects: King John



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 255, f. 105ra-105rb
First Lines:
I read in a story I can shew you anon
Of a noble prince by you called King Jhon…
Last Lines:
…I end besechinge god of his grace
to grant hus in heaven a Resting place
Note: Written by a hand of the sixteenth to seventeenth century
Attributed Title: A tale of Henry þe 3 and þe Archbishop of Canterbury (f. 105)
Editions:
Cornelius, Roberta D. “A New Text of an Old Ballad.” PMLA 46 (1931): 1025-33: 1026-31.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 27879, p. 184
Editions:
Child, Francis James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 vols. in 10 parts. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-98: no. 45, 1.410-13.
Hales, John Wesley, and Frederick James Furnivall, eds. Bishop Percy’s Folio Manuscript: Ballads and Romances. 3 vols. London: Trübner, 1867-68: 1.508-14.
Sargent, Helen Child, and George Lyman Kittredge. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Cambridge edition of the Poets. London: Harrap, 1904: 78-81.
Leach, Edward, ed. The Ballad Book. New York: Harper, 1955: 154-8.