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Lordings listeneth to my tale / That is merrier than the nightingalee
Sir Beues of Hamtoun — 4620 lines in 6-line stanzas (lines 1-474) and couplets (lines 475-4620)
Title(s): Sir Beues of Hamtoun
Subjects: romances
Versification: — six-line, two-line — aabccb, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 102rb-133v?
Note: ‘A’ text.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 175/96, pp. 31b-156a
First Lines:
Lordynges lystniþ to my tale
Þat is meryere þan þe nyȝtyngale…
Last Lines:
…Þus endiþ Sere beffs off Hamptoun
Þat was so noble a baroun
Note: ‘A’ text; many leaves missing in this MS.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit beffs de Hamptoun (p. 131b)
3.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2862 [olim Sutherland, Trentham Hall], ff. 45-94v; 96-96v
Note: ‘A’ text.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 176ra-201ra
First Lines:
Lordinges herkneþ to me tale
Is merier þan þe niȝtingale…
Last Lines:
…Þus endeþ beues of hamtoun
God ȝeue vs alle is benesoun
Note: ‘A’ text; one leaf missing.
Attributed Title: sir beues of hamtoun (f. 170ra)
Editions:
Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald, ed. Sir Beves of Hamtoun. Maitland Club 44. Edinburgh, 1838.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: (extracts), 2.64-5.
Kölbing, Eugen, ed. The Romance of Sir Beues of Hamtoun. EETS e.s. 46 (1885), 48 (1886), 65 (1894); repr. 1973.
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.
5.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 8009 [Mun. A.6.31], ff. 122-190v
Note: ‘B’ text; 4332 lines.
Editions:
Kölbing, Eugen, ed. The Romance of Sir Beues of Hamtoun. EETS e.s. 46 (1885), 48 (1886), 65 (1894); repr. 1973.
6.Source: Naples, Bibl. Nazionale, Naples XIII.B.29, pp. 23-79
First Lines:
[L]ordlingis lystenith to my tale
þat is meriour þan þe nyȝtingale…
Last Lines:
…And that we were al of suche renown
As was B[evys] of Hamptoune
Amen.
Note: ‘A’ text; 4560 lines.
Attributed Title: sir beuys of hamtoun (p. 23); Here endith Bevys of Hampton (p. 79)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.64-5 (12 lines only).



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 1987. [Bevis of Hampton], [Westminster: W. de Worde, 1500]
First Lines:
…In all the londes of crystyente
Was none found so good as he.…
…By lorde the it sensesyr mordure.
To nyght he commyth to thy boure…
Last Lines:
…Madame he sayd holde you styll
For I wyll do all at your wyll.…
…Whan beuys was on hygh vpon the downe.
He loked towarde south hampton…
Note: ‘B’ text; Bodleian shelfmark Douce fragments 19; equivalent to lines 29-98 and 227-292 of Manchester, Chetham’s Library 8009 [Mun. A.6.31] copy.
2.Source: STC 1987.5. [Bevis of Hampton], [S.l.: W. de Worde, ca. 1500]
First Lines:
…[L]Ordynges lysten & holde you styll
Of doughty men tell I wyll…
Last Lines:
…Sente after Syr Guy full sone [partially torn]
And Syr Guy was[torn]…
Note: ‘B’ text; possibly another fragment of preceding ( [Bevis of Hampton], [Westminster: W. de Worde, 1500] ).
3.Source: STC 1988. [Bevis of Hampton], [[London]: Emprynted by Rycharde Pynson in Fletestrete at the sygne of the George, [1503?]] , sigs. A2-M6v
First Lines:
LOrdynges lysten and holde you styl.
Of doughty men tel I wyl.…
Last Lines:
…To that blysse brynge vs he
That for vs dyed on the rode tre.
Note: ‘A’ text. “Stephen Aldhouse. 1690” on first page of text [sig. A2]; “Emprynted by Richarde Pynson in Flete- | strete at the sygne of the George” [sig. m6v]; “beloggyth to John Vett[z?]” [sig. m6v].
4.Source: STC 1988.2. [Sir Bevis of Hampton], [S.l.: J. Notary, ca. 1510] , sig. h2
First Lines:
…For to socoure syr beuys
Ther came knyghtes squyers and pages…
Last Lines:
…And co defende vs from all yl
For suche an oste as hache murdour…
Note: ‘A’ text.
5.Source: STC 1988.6. [Sir Bevis of Hampton], [S.l.: W. de Worde, ca. 1500] , sigs. O2-O3
First Lines:
…Two knyghtes were [?] before[trimmed at top]
A large halfe myle and more…
Last Lines:
…Syr Beuys gan her seruyce bede
For to helpe her at her nede…
Note: ‘A’ text; further editions include Syr Beuys of Hampton, [London]: Imprynted at London in the vinetre vpon the thre Crane wharfe by William Coplande, [1560?] , Syr Beuys of Hampton, [Imprented at London: In Lothburye by Wyllyam Copland, [1565?]] , Syr Bevis of Hampton, [London]: Printed by Thomas East dwelling in Aldersgate streete, [1585] .