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The Messenger’s Speech to Balliol, inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle and Robert Mannyng’s Chronicle — one 6-line stanza (preceded by two French stanzas)
Author(s): Peter Langtoft; Robert Mannyng
Title(s): Chronicle
Subjects: Balliol, John; chronicles, verse in
Versification: — six-line — aabaab
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 24 (SC 3904); London, College of Arms, Arundel 14: not found in this copy of Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle (ff. 133-147); London, British Library Royal 20 A.II: not found in this MS; London, Lambeth Palace Library 131: not in this MS.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, All Souls College 39, f. 101v
Transcription:
On gre[ne]
þat kynerede kene
gaþered al gayt
I wene
on summe es it sene
ware ye byt bayt
Note: In Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Chronicle.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1, f. 340v
Transcription:
On grene
þat kingrede kene
gaderid als gait
y wene
On sum it is sene
ware þe bit bait
Note: In Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 293, 393.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius A.V, f. 147
Transcription:
On grene
Þat kynred kene
gadered als gayt
I wene
On summe it es sene
Whar þe byt bayt
Note: In Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft, in French Verse, from the Earliest Period to the Death of King Edward I. 2 vols. Rolls Series 47 (1866-68): 2.244.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 293, 393.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 114, f. 135v
Transcription:
On grene þat kynrede kene
Gadret als gait
I wene on summe es it sene
Whar þe bit bait
Note: In Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Chronicle.
5.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.XI, f. 108v
Transcription:
On þe grene . þat kinred kene . Gadred als þe gait
I wene . On summe is it sene . Whare þe bit bait
Note: Written as prose. In Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 293, 393.
6.Source: London, Inner Temple Petyt 511.7 (Part VII), f. 175v1
Transcription:
þer on þat grene þat kynrede kene gadred als þe gayte
right als I wene on som was it sene þer þe bit bayte
Note: In Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Chronicle. Lines 1-2 on folio.
Editions:
Hearne, Thomas, ed. Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle: as illustrated and improv’d by Robert of Brunne, from the death of Cadwalader to the end of K. Edward the First’s reign. Oxford : Printed at the Theater, [London: Reprinted for S. Bagster, in the Strand], 1810: 276.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 293, 393.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 209.
Sullens, Idelle, ed. Robert Mannyng of Brunne: The Chronicle. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1996: 653.
7.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 12154
Note: In Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.