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DIMEV 4140
IMEV 2613.5
NIMEV 2613.5
Of all the marvel of Merlin how he makes his moan
A late Merlin prophecy — alliterative lines in various stanzas, quatrains abab, 8-line stanzas, six-line stanzas. nine-line stanzas
Subjects: prophecies; Merlin
Versification: — four-line, six-line, eight-line, nine-line
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 88v-90v
First Lines:
Off all the merveles off merlion howe he makys his m[one]
take tende to his talking In talys wher he tellys…
Last Lines:
…off Seynt Thomas off Canterburye
marlyon Sible and Ieromye
Note: Explicit’ written below and to right of last line, by scribe (f. 128)
Attributed Title: Prophecie Iohannis merlyon (f. 88v)
Editions:
Jansen, Sharon L., and Kathleen H. Jordan, eds. The Welles Anthology: MS. Rawlinson C.813: A Critical Edition. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991: 281-8.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.813 (SC 12653) [Welles Anthology], ff. 104-104v
Note: Second instance of this work in the MS; written as poetry but set out in stanzas.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.1062 (SC 13814), ff. 106-107v
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.1062 (SC 13814), f. 95
Note: Fragment; second occurrence in manuscript.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 24663, ff. 4v-6
First Lines:
Above all places Merlyn makethe his mone
Take heede to his talkinge wher he tellethe…
Last Lines:
…When the childe beattethe the mother then the father will take vengeance
Thre ffloodes fflowinge in Bryttayne shall cawse greatt connfvsion
Editions:
Weiskott, Eric. “A New Text of the Marvels of Merlin.” Journal of the Early Book Society 19 (2016): 227-39: 230-2.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, ff. 127v-128
First Lines:
Of al þe merveilis of Merlyn how he made his mone
take tent to his talkyng in tales þer he tellys…
Last Lines:
…When þe child smytes þe moder þe fader shal hym lestreye
the flodes flowyng in hitayne shal cause interdiction
Note: Explicit’ written below and to right of last line, by scribe (f. 128).
Attributed Title: prophecia Merlenis (f. 127v, in upper margin as RT by scribe)
7.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, f. 65
Note: As the last item in a long collection of prophecies: ff. 48v-52.
8.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, ff. 50v-52
Note: Fragment: as last 8 lines of another prophecy on ff. 63v-65.
Editions:
Scattergood, V. John. Politics and Poetry in the Fifteenth Century. London: Blandford Press, 1971: 386-90.
9.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, ff. 70-70v
Note: First instance of this in the MS; written as prose, as part of a longer collection of prophecies: ff. 68-73v.
10.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, ff. 98v; 99v-100
Note: Second instance of this in the MS; written as prose; last item in a long collection of prophecies: ff. 96v-100.
11.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, f. 32v
Note: Fragment: third instance in this MS.
12.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, ff. 56v-57
Note: Fragment: fourth instance in this MS.
13.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office , State Papers Henry VIII, SP1 /232, ff. 219v
Note: 20 lines set out in stanzas beginning, “Flanders and England shall fall at declension.”
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Ballads from Manuscripts. London: Ballad Society, 1863; repr. New York: AMS, 1968: 316-7.