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DIMEV 3187.2
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Sometime there was a noble man
The Seuyn Sages of Rome — in short couplets; ‘C’ text
Note: For ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘D’ texts, see 4984, 4985 and 4986.
Title(s): The Seuyn Sages of Rome
Subjects: tales; wise men; women, against
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 175 (SC 14667), ff. 109ra-131va
First Lines:
HOrdynges þat here lykes to dwell
Leues yhour spech & heres þis spel…
Last Lines:
…þ[ ]ete endes all þis thing
[ ] vs his blyssynge
Note: 3974 lines.
Editions:
Laing, David, and William Barclay David Donald Turnbull, eds. Owain Miles &c. Edinburgh, 1837.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 25va-48vb
First Lines:
Lordynges þat here likes to dwell
loues ȝowre speche & heres þis spell
I sal ȝow tel if I haue tome
of þe seuen sages of Rome
Whilom lifed a nobil man
his name was Dyoclician…
Last Lines:
…& led his life with werkes wise
& ended seyn in goddes seruyse
þusgate endes al þis thing
Ihesu grante vs his blyssyng
Note: 4328 lines. With four-line introduction in couplets; ends with ‘A M E N’ by scribe below last line.
Attributed Title: Here bigyns þe proces of þe seuyn sages (rubric by scribe in upper margin above f. 25va).
Editions:
Laing, David, ed. The Seven Sages, in Scotish Metre. repr. from the 1578 edition. Bannatyne Club 57. Edinburgh, 1837.
Campbell, Killis, ed. The Seven Sages of Rome. Boston: Ginn, 1907.
Weber, Henry William. Metrical Romances of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries. 3 vols. Edinburgh: A. Carstalle, 1810: 3.3-153 (lines 1-134, 3180-4328, with 4984-5).