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Long beard heartless / Painted hood witless
Tag made by the Scots in the reign of Edward III against the effeminate English, and affixed to the door of St. Peter’s Church at Stangate — four monorhyming lines
Note: Occurs in many MSS of the Brut Chronicle, some of which are listed below, and in many early printed chronicles; most editions do not attribute source manuscript or print: Brie (1906), 1.249, 2.249; Brie (1906), 2.83; bad key, 212; Camden (1633), 194; Wright (1859), 2.251; Wright (1846), 2.261; Viles and Furnivall (1869), xlvi; Furnivall (1865), xlvi; Fairholt (1849), 55; Wilson (1936), 46; Wilson (1952), 197; Henderson (1898), 18; bad key, 41; Owst (1933), 407; Robbins (1955), 141; Jones (1956), 68; Robbins (1959), xxxviii.
Subjects: political poems; Scots, insults by, against the English; chronicles, verse in
Versification: — four-line — aaaa
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, British Library Harley 372: see London, British Library Harley 266.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.171 (SC 11539), f. 146
Transcription:
Longe berde hertles
peyntede hode witles
Gay cote graceles
makeþ englissheman þriftles
Note: Written as prose, in rubric as a heading: ‘Longe berde herteles.’
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 323 (SC 21897), f. 87v
Transcription:
long berd hertles
peynted hod wytles
gay cote graceles
makes Englond thirstles
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2163
Note: Unpaginated.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 266, f. 40
Transcription:
Longe berde hertteles
Peyntede hoode witteles
Gay cote graceles
Maketh alle Engelond thriftles
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2279
6.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 396D, f. 170
Transcription:
longe berde herteles
partycote wytteles
Gay Cote graceles
makith Englonde thrifteles
Note: In prose Brut, written as prose rubric heading.
7.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 83 (T.3.21), f. 91
Transcription:
long berdes herteles
paynted hodes witles
Gay cotes graceles
maken England thriftles
Note: One monorhyming quatrain in Brut chronicle.
8.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library Q.46, f. 238rb
Transcription:
Longe berdes hertles
streyte cotes graceles
peyntet hodes wytles…
…Nobleye penyles
Makeyt þis worl þrifles
Note: Here eleven lines, roughly monorhyming; separate from Fabian’s chronicle, appearing with other verse added to blank space at end of Latin prose text (beg. 236), ‘Modo videtur est vi d[five minums line over] custodire debemus qui & si heri eum suscepimus…’.
9.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 530, f. 152v
Transcription:
Longe berde herteles
Paynted hoode witles
And gaye coote graceles
makeþe England thriffteles
Note: Written as prose.
10.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 587, f. 93v
Transcription:
Longe Berdes herteles
peyted hode witles
Gay cote graseles
þat makith Englond full thrifteles
Note: Written as prose.
11.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, f. 172
Transcription:
Longe Beerdis hertlees
Paynted hoodis witlees
Gay Cotys gracelees
Makith England thryftles
Note: In Fabyan’s Chronicles; formerly included under 6322.
12.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 494, f. 88ra
Transcription:
Longe berde hertles
peyntede hode wytles
Gay cote graceles
makes Engelonde thriftles
Note: Written as prose, partially in rubric.
13.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor Medieval 3 [olim Morent’s Court, Kent, Meyerstein, Sotheby’s 17 Dec. 1952, lot 466], f. 99rb
Transcription:
Long berde hertelis
peyntid hode wittles
gay cote graciosles
makis Englond thryfteles
Note: 131 folios presently (14 April 1999) unfoliated; some folios in Brut apparently misbound out of order.
14.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 113 [olim Phillipps 8857], f. 114rb
Transcription:
Long berd hertles
Peyntid Cote witles
Gay Cote gracelese
makith Englond thriftlese
Note: Written as prose, in rubric.
15.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 131 [olim Buccleuch, Quaritch Cats. 303, 304], f. 103
Transcription:
Long berdes herteles
Peynted hodes witles
Gay cotes graceles
Maken Englonde thryfteles
Note: Written as prose, with virgules to mark line breaks.
16.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 136 [olim Phillipps 8858], f. 101v
Transcription:
Longe berde hertelees
Peynted hood wytlees
gay cote gracelees
makes England thriftlees
Note: Written as prose, with virgules to mark line breaks.
17.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 490, f. 11v
Transcription:
longe berde hertles
peyntedehood witles
Gay cote graciles
makes Engelande þriftles
Note: In Table of Contents for c. Ccxiii.
18.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 490, f. 116v
Transcription:
Longe berde hertles
peyntede hode witles
gay cote graceles
makes Englisshe man thrifteles
Note: In text of chapter 213.
19.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 516, f. 118
Transcription:
Long berde herteles
peyntede hoode wytles
Gay cote graceles
maketh engelond þriftles
Note: Occurs with other political prophecies, not in Brut.
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 12 [Dawsons of Pall Mall, Catalogue 103, item 3, 1970], f. 140
Transcription:
longe berdes hertelesse
peynted hodes wittelesse
Gaye cotes gracelesse
make Englonde thryftelesse
Note: Written as prose rubric heading.
21.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 29, f. 98v



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 9991. Chronicles of England, Caxton, 1480
2.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
Transcription:
Longe beerdys harteles
Paynted hoodys wytles
Gay cotis graceles
Makyth Englande thryfteles
Note: In Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Edwardi Tercii; formerly included under 6322; nineteenth-century transcript is Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.III.521 [olim Laing 521], Part I, f. 22.
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 440.
3.Source: STC 10662. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542] , sib. pp.vira
Transcription:
Long beerdis hartles
Paynted hoodes wytles
Gay cottes gracelis
Maketh Englande thryfteles
Note: In Part VII of Fabyan’s Chronicle, Septima Pars, Edwardi Tercii.