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It fell about the Lamastide
‘þe battel of Otterburn’ — seventy quatrains
Note: For later variants see 5432 and 1577.
Title(s): ‘þe battel of Otterburn’
Subjects: historical poems; Otterburn, battle of (1388); Percy, Henry (Hotspur)
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra C.IV, ff. 64-68v
First Lines:
Yt fell abowght the lamasse tyde
Whan husbond wynnes ther haye…
Last Lines:
…To bryng hys sowlle to the blysse of heven
For he was a gentyll knyght
Editions:
Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, consisting of old heroic ballads, songs, and other pieces of our earlier poets, together with some few of later date. 3rd ed., London: J. Dodsley, 1775: 1.22; 1794, 1.18.
Child, Francis James. English and Scottish Ballads. 8 vols. in 4, forerunner of next entry. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, also Little, Brown, 1857-58 et seq: 7.5-18.
Child, Francis James. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. 5 vols. in 10 parts. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882-98: no. 161, 3.295-8.
Sargent, Helen Child, and George Lyman Kittredge. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Cambridge edition of the Poets. London: Harrap, 1904: 387-90.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 50-62.
Gummere, Francis Barton. Old English Ballads. Boston: Ginn, 1894: 94-104.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. The Northumberland garland, or, Newcastle Nightingale. London: Harding and Wright, 1809: 3.
Sidgwick, Frank. Popular Ballads of the Olden Time. 3 vols. London: Bullen, 1903-06: 192.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 64-74.
Leach, Edward, ed. The Ballad Book. New York: Harper, 1955: 436-43.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 192-8.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.94-105.
Mackie, Robert Laird, ed. A Book of Scottish Verse. The World’s Classics no. 417. London: Oxford UP, 1934; 2nd ed., 1967, 1971: 119.
Arngart, Olof Sigrid. Two English Border Ballads: The Battle of Otterburn, Hunting of the Cheviot. Acta Universitatis Lundensis, Sectio 1, Theologica, juridica, humaniora 18. Lund: Gleerup, 1973: 31-44.
Perret, Xavier, ed. “An Annotated Text of ‘The Battle of Otterburn’ with a French Rendition.” English Studies 85 (2004): 97-119: 99-116.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 293, ff. 52-55
First Lines:
Yt fell abowght the Lamas tyde
When hosbond wynnes ther heaye…
Last Lines:
…to bringe his sowle to the blyse of heven
for he was a Ientle knight
Note: 57 stanzas only. ‘Finis’ written below last line by scribe (f. 55).
Attributed Title: A songe made in R.Z. his tyme of the Batelle at Otterburne betweene the lord henry percye Earle of northomberland and the Earle douglas of Scotland Anno 1388 (f. 52)
Editions:
Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, consisting of old heroic ballads, songs, and other pieces of our earlier poets, together with some few of later date. 3rd ed., London: J. Dodsley, 1775: 1.21.