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Jesu that was with spear I-stung / And for us…
Octavian (Southern version) — 1962 lines in 6-line stanzas (aaabab)
Note: For Northern version see 3132
Title(s): Octavian (Southern version)
Subjects: romances
Versification: — six-line — aaabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 22v-35rb
First Lines:
Ihesu þat was with spere ystounge
And for vs hard & sore y swounge
Glady both old & younge
With wytte honest
That wylled a whyle stere her tounge
And herkeny gest…
Last Lines:
…As he for vs on þe Rode hyng
Wyth spere ystonge
Note: First stanza written two lines of verse per line of text across the width of page; second stanza onwards in two columns.
Attributed Title: Octauian imperator (by scribe in upper margin f. 22v); Octauian (as RT on verso leaves thereafter); Explicit Octauian (by scribe, f. 35rb); Another old poeme intitled Octavia Imperator (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Editions:
Weber, Henry William. Metrical Romances of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries. 3 vols. Edinburgh: A. Carstalle, 1810: 3.157-239.
Sarrazin, Gregor Ignatz, ed. Octavian; zwei mittelenglische Bearbeitungen der Sage. Altenglische Bibliothek 3. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1885.
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
McSparran, Frances, ed. Octovian. EETS o.s. 289 (1986).