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Len puet fere et defere
The Abuses of the Age: On the King’s Breaking the Magna Charta — English lines in varying stanzas, with alternate Anglo-Norman lines at the beginning
Title(s): On the King’s Breaking the Magna Charta
Subjects: abuses, of the age; Edward II, criticism of; political poems
Versification: — four-line, six-line, three-line — abab, aabccb, aaa
Macaronic: Anglo-Norman



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College E.9 (112), f. 400
First Lines:
Rome poet fere e defere
Si fet ele trop souent
þat nis noþer wel ne veyre
for þi is holy cherche ysend…
Last Lines:
…Curt and laghe hundred a syre
al it god aduuele vay
Note: According to IMEV the text has 12 lines: actually 1 x 16 and 1 x 8, abababababababab and abababab; or 3 x 8 with same rhymes in first two stanzas; written two lines of verse per line of MS.
Attributed Title: De prouisione Oxonie (f. 400)
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of St. John’s College, Cambridge. Cambridge: at the UP, 1913: 146.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 325-6, 140-3.
Aspin, Isabel Stewart Tod. Anglo-Norman Political Songs. Oxford: Clarendon, 1953: 62-3.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], f. 105ra-105rb
First Lines:
Len puet fere et defere ceo fait il trop souvent
It nis nouther wel ne faire þerfore engelond is shent…
Last Lines:
…Sen him þat us bouhte dere
In ioye wid oute ende
Note: 98 lines, in 6-line stanzas, aabaab.
Attributed Title: Un sarmoun of iiij wise men (f. 105ra)
Facsimiles:
Pearsall, Derek, and I. C. Cunningham, eds. The Auchinleck Manuscript. National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 19.2.1. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Laing, David, and William Barclay David Donald Turnbull, eds. Owain Miles &c. Edinburgh, 1837.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 253-8.
Ellis, Alexander John, ed. On Early English Pronunciation. 4 vols. EETS e.s. 2 (1867), 7 (1869), 14 (1871), 23 (1874), repr. 1973; issued jointly by the Philological Society, the EETS, and the Chaucer Society [2nd ser. 1, 4-5, 25] London: Trübner; ed. note: with rare exceptions, entries from these volumes are identical; where variants occur, both editions are cited: 2.449.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 1.74-6.
Vatke, Theodor. “Lied auf den Bruch der Magna Charta durch Edward II.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 72 (1884): 467: 467.
Herrtage, Sidney John Hervon, ed. The Early English Version of the Gesta Romanorum. EETS e.s. 33 (1879); repr. 1962: 498-9.
Holmstedt, Gustaf, ed. Speculum Christiani. EETS o.s. 182 (1933); repr. 1988: clxxxv-clxxxvii.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 325-6; 140-3.
Marsh, George Perkins. Origin and History of the English Language. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1866: 244-7.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 74-6.