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Jesu Christ in Trinity / Only God and persons three
The Earl of Toulous — in 12-line stanzas (aabccbddbeeb)
Title(s): The Earl of Toulous
Subjects: romances; lais, Breton
Versification: — twelve-line? — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 27v-38v
First Lines:
Ihesu cryst in trinite
O god And persons thre
Gyff vs wele to spede
And gyff vs grace so to do…
Last Lines:
…Graunte vs All þi blyssing
Amen for charyte
Editions:
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 83-111; 466-71; 603-5.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 45, Part I (SC 6926), ff. 3-31v
First Lines:
Iesu Crist in trinite
only god in persons thre
Graunte vs well to spede
And geve vs grace so to do…
Last Lines:
…There to haue our dwellyng
Amen Amen for charite
Note: Lines 1224. In the large flourished initial J is written the name of the scribe ‘ mo-rga-nus’. At the end on F 31v is the date: ‘Anno M. D.’ followed by ‘sic transit gloria mundi’.
Attributed Title: The Story of the Erle of Tolous (f. 2)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 63ra-70vb
First Lines:
Ihesu cryste yn trynyte
Oonly god & persons thre…
Last Lines:
…There to haue owre wonnyng
Amen Amen for charytee
Note: 1218 lines.
Attributed Title: here foloweth the Erle of Tolous (f. 63); Here endyth the Erle of Tollous (f. 70vb)
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient English Metrical Romances. 3 vols. London, 1802; rev. Edmund Goldsmid and repr. Edinburgh: Goldlsmid, 1884: 3.93-144.
French, Walter Hoyt, and Charles Brockway Hale. Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1930: 383.
Laskaya, Anna, and Eve Salisbury, eds. The Middle English Breton Lays. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1995: 309-65.
4.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 114vb-122ra
First Lines:
Ihesu criste god and lorde in trynyte
Onely god and persones thre…
Last Lines:
…And in þat fyre he þam brent
Bothe þaire fleshce & þaire bones…
Note: Ends imperfectly on f. 122, most of which is torn away.
Attributed Title: Here bygynnes þe Romance off Dyoclicyane þe Emperour & þe Erle Berade of Tholous And of þe Emprice Beaulilione By gray Espoyere xix (f. 144vb)
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
Lüdtke, Gustav Otto Daniel, ed. The Erl of Tolous and the Emperes of Almayn. Sammlung Englischer Denkmäler 3\. Berlin: Weidmann, 1881; repr. Zurich: Weidmann, 1970: crit. text.