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The Harrowing of Hell, with versified title: ‘Hou ihesu crist herowede helle / Of harde gates ich will telle’ — 250 lines in couplets
Note: For other texts see 334 and 5879.
Title(s): The Harrowing of Hell; ‘Hou ihesu crist herowede helle / Of harde gates ich will telle’
Subjects: hell, harrowing of; legends, of Jesus and Mary
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), ff. 119ra-120vb
First Lines:
Leue frend nou beþ stille
Lesteþ þat ich tellen wille…
Last Lines:
…þat we moten comen þe to
And hauen wiþ þe rest and ro
Attributed Title: Hou ihesu crist herowede helle of hardegates ich wille telle (f. 119)
Facsimiles:
Tschann, Judith A., and Malcolm B. Parkes. “Introduction.” Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 EETS s.s. 16 (1996).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.253 (lines 1-26 only).
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs from the Fourteenth Century. London: J. R. Smith, 1847: 958 (prologue only).
Varnhagen, Hermann, ed. Praemissa est editionis criticae vetustissimi quod sermone anglico conscriptum est dramatis pars prior. Erlangen: Iunge, 1898.
Hulme, William Henry, ed. The Harrowing of Hell and Gospel of Nicodemus. EETS e.s. 100 (1908); repr. 1976: 2-22.