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Robert the Deuyll — 1145 lines in couplets
Note: Cf. 4415.
Title(s): Robert the Deuyll
Subjects: devil, son of; colphons, verse; Duke of Normandy
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: [Robert the Deuyll], [Edition printed by de Worde or Pynson, as reported by William Carew Hazlitt] No extant copy?
First Lines:
Lysten lordinges that of marueyles lyke to heare
Of actes that were done sometyme in dede…
Last Lines:
…And so contynewed without varyaunce
God geue vs grace that we may do the same
Note: The transcription derives from Hazlitt (1864), who notes: ‘The text which is given in these pages is the same (excepting a few emendations) as that published in 1798 [Herbert], froma supposed transcript of the edition printed by Wynkyn de Worde or Pynson, in 4o, no perfect copy of which had then, or has since been seen. The editor of 1798, however, had the use of a fragment of six leaves, which he collated with the MS’ (217). The manuscript alluded to is evidently an olim Ratcliffe MS. The incunable edition cited in Robbins and Cutler (1965) ( Here beginneth the lyf of the moste myscheuoust Robert the deuyll whiche was afterwarde called ye seruaunt of god, [[London]: Enprynted in fletestrete in the sygne of the sonne by Wynkyn de worde, [1500?]] ) is a prose redaction with a verse colophon (5922).
Editions:
Herbert, John Alexander, ed. Roberte the Deuyll. London: I. Herbert, 1798.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.218-63.