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IMEV 185
NIMEV 185
All harkeneth to me now / a strife will I tellen you
The Harrowing of Hell — in couplets
Note: For an earlier text see 1258, and cf. 5879.
Subjects: Harrowing of Hell
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2253, ff. 55va-56vb
First Lines:
Alle herkneþ to me nou
a strif wolle y tellen ou…
Last Lines:
…Ant ȝef vs grace to libbe & ende
In þi seruice ant to heuene wende
Facsimiles:
Varnhagen, Hermann, ed. Praemissa est editionis criticae vetustissimi quod sermone anglico conscriptum est dramatis pars prior. Erlangen: Iunge, 1898.
Ker, Neil Ripley. “Introduction.” Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253. EETS o.s. 255 (1965).
Editions:
Collier, John Payne. Five Miracle Plays or Scriptural Dramas. London, 183.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. The harrowing of hell, a miracle-play written in the reign of Edward the Second, now first pub. from the original manuscript in the British Museum, with an introduction, translation, and notes. London: J. R. Smith, 1840.
Mall, Eduard, ed. The Harrowing of Hell: Das altengliche Spiel von Christi Höllenfahrt. Breslau: Maruschke & Berendt, 1871.
Böddeker, Karl. Altenglische Dichtungen des MS. Harl. 2253. Berlin: Weidmann, 1878: 270-84.
Hulme, William Henry, ed. The Harrowing of Hell and Gospel of Nicodemus. EETS e.s. 100 (1908); repr. 1976.
Fein, Susanna Greer, ed. The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 2. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2009: Booklet 4, no. 21.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 35vb-37ra
First Lines:
…mare
[ ]helle fare…
Last Lines:
…Lord þou ȝaue me al wiþ skil
Þe lay sinay on þe hil…
Note: Begins imperfectly at line 29; ends imperfectly; portions of both folios 35 and 37 cut away, with loss of text; 200 lines plus 44(?) line-ends, excluding Latin speech-prefixes.
Facsimiles:
Pearsall, Derek, and I. C. Cunningham, eds. The Auchinleck Manuscript. National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 19.2.1. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Varnhagen, Hermann, ed. Praemissa est editionis criticae vetustissimi quod sermone anglico conscriptum est dramatis pars prior. Erlangen: Iunge, 1898.
Hulme, William Henry, ed. The Harrowing of Hell and Gospel of Nicodemus. EETS e.s. 100 (1908); repr. 1976.
Laing, David, and William Barclay David Donald Turnbull, eds. Owain Miles &c. Edinburgh, 1837.