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DIMEV 3132
IMEV 1918
NIMEV 1918
Little and mickle old and young / Listeneth now…
Octavian (Northern version) — 12-line stanzas (aabccbddbeeb)
Note: For the Southern version see 2930.
Title(s): Octavian (Northern version)
Subjects: romances
Versification: — twelve-line, six-line — aabccbddbeeb, aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 90rb-102vb
First Lines:
Lytyll & mykyll olde & yonge
Lystenyth now to my talkynge…
Last Lines:
…Graunt vs all thy blessyng
And yn heuynto a byde
Note: 1731 lines.
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Sarrazin, Gregor Ignatz, ed. Octavian; zwei mittelenglische Bearbeitungen der Sage. Altenglische Bibliothek 3. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1885.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. The Romance of Emperor Octavian: now first published from Mss at Lincoln and Cambridge Percy Society 14. London: T. Richards, 1844.
McSparran, Frances, ed. Octovian. EETS o.s. 289 (1986): 76-178 (even pages).
2.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 98va-109rb
First Lines:
Mekyll and littill olde & ȝynge
herkyns all to my talkynge…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu lorde of heuene kynge
Thou gyffe vs alle thi dere blyssyngeAmen Amen par charyte Amen
Note: 1628 lines; a leaf wanting between ff. 102, 103; half of f. 108 torn away.
Attributed Title: here By gynnes The Romance off Octovyane (f. 98v)
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
Sarrazin, Gregor Ignatz, ed. Octavian; zwei mittelenglische Bearbeitungen der Sage. Altenglische Bibliothek 3. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1885.
McSparran, Frances, ed. Octovian. EETS o.s. 289 (1986): 77-179 (odd pages).
Hudson, Harriet, ed. Four Middle English Romances: Sir Isumbras, Octavian, Sir Eglamour of Artois, Sir Tryamour. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1996. 2nd ed. 2006.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 18779. Here begynneth Octauyan the Emperoure of Rome, [London: Printed by Wynkyn de Worde, 1505?]
First Lines:
Lysten lordynges both olde and yinge
And herken to my swete talkynge…
Last Lines:
…And gaue his stede corne and haye
He kneled downe and fayre hym dyght
Note: Shelfmark San Marino, Ca, Henry Huntington Library 14615; 12 leaves with 727 lines.
Attributed Title: here By gynnes The Romance off Octovyane (f. 98v)
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
McSparran, Frances, ed. Octovian. EETS o.s. 289 (1986): 223-44.