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All been he blithe / that to my song Lithe
The geste of King Horn — in couplets
Title(s): King Horn
Subjects: romances
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 219va-228rb
First Lines:
Alle ben he bliþe
Þat come wilen liþe…
Last Lines:
…Nou ben he alle dede
God hem to heuene lede
Note: 1569 lines.
Editions:
Hall, Joseph. King Horn: A Middle-English Romance Oxford: Clarendon, 1901: 4-89.
Horstmann, Carl. “King Horn nach Ms. Laud 108.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 50 (1872): 39-58: 39.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 2), pp. 11a-25b
First Lines:
Alle beon he bliþe
Þat to my song lyþe…
Last Lines:
…Iesus þat is of heuene king
¡eue vs alle his suete blessing
Note: 1530 lines.
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Editions:
Hall, Joseph. King Horn: A Middle-English Romance Oxford: Clarendon, 1901: 4-89.
French, Walter Hoyt, and Charles Brockway Hale. Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1930: 25.
Michel, Francisque, ed. Horn et Rimenhild. Bannatyne Club 80. Paris: Maulde et Renou, 1845: 259-338.
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. King Horn, Floriz and Blaunchfleur, The Assumption of Our Lady. G. H. McKnight EETS 1901, o.s. 14 (1866); repr. 1990: 1943.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 1.209.
Morris, Richard, and Walter William Skeat, eds. Specimens of Early English , Pt. I, A.D. 1150-A.D.1300. Oxford: Clarendon, 1882, 2nd ed. 1885; Pt. II, A.D. 1298-A.D.1393, Oxford: Clarendon, 1872, 2nd ed. 1894; Pt. III. Orig. published separately, 1871: 1.237.
Zupitza, Julius. Alt- und mittelenglisches Uebungsbuch mit einem Wörterbuch. 8th ed. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller, 1907; 12th ed., ed. Albert Eichler. Wein: Braumüller, 1922: 126-30 (excerpt).
Allen, Rosamund, ed. King Horn: An Edition Based on Cambridge University Library MS Gg 4.27. New York: Garland, 1984.
Hertzman, Ronald B., Graham Drake, and Eve Salisbury, eds. Four Romances of England: King Horn, Havelok the Dane, Bevis of Hampton, Athelston. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1999.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 83r2-92v
First Lines:
Alle heo ben blyþe
þat tomy song ylyþe…
Last Lines:
Þon hue beoþ boþe dede
crist to heouene vs lede
Note: 1546 lines; written two lines of verse per line in MS.
Attributed Title: Her bygynneþ þe geste of Kyng Horn (f. 83)
Facsimiles:
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Hall, Joseph. King Horn: A Middle-English Romance Oxford: Clarendon, 1901: 4-89.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient English Metrical Romances. 3 vols. London, 1802; rev. Edmund Goldsmid and repr. Edinburgh: Goldlsmid, 1884: 2.91-155.
Wissmann, Theodor. Das lied von King Horn. Quellen und Forschungen 45. Strassburg: Trübner, 1881.
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 114-49 (critical text).
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 5, no. 70.