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Listen lordings and ye shall hear
Sir Cleges — in 12-line stanzas (aabccbddbeeb)
Note: Sir Cleges
Subjects: romances
Versification: — twelve-line? — aabccbddbeeb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 67v-73
First Lines:
[L]ystyns lordynges & ȝe schall here
Off Ansystores þat be fore vs were
Bothe herdy & wyght
In tyme of vter & þendragon…
Last Lines:
…There saulys went to heuen clere
There is Ioy eith outen ende
Note: 564 lines.
Editions:
Treichel, A., ed. “Sir Cleges, Ein mittelenglische Romanze.” Englische Studien 2 (1896): 345-89: 374-89.
McKnight, George Harley. Middle English Humorous Tales in Verse. Boston and London: Heath, 1913; repr. New York: Gordian, 1971: 38.
Laskaya, Anna, and Eve Salisbury, eds. The Middle English Breton Lays. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1995: 367-407.
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 180-5; 488-91; 608.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.1.11, ff. 71-79v
First Lines:
Will ye lystyn and ye schyll here
Of Eldyrs tþat before vs were…
Last Lines:
…To Rech hys body wyth
The Castell of Cardyffe he yaue hym thoo…
Note: 44 stanzas plus 4 lines: 532 lines; ending imperfect.
Editions:
Treichel, A., ed. “Sir Cleges, Ein mittelenglische Romanze.” Englische Studien 2 (1896): 345-89: 374-89.
Weber, Henry William. Metrical Romances of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries. 3 vols. Edinburgh: A. Carstalle, 1810: 1.331-53, repr.
Morley, Henry, ed. Shorter English Poems. London, NY: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, 1876: 24-30.
French, Walter Hoyt, and Charles Brockway Hale. Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1930: 877.