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One sleeth the deer with an hooked arrow
An extract from Lydgate’s Fall of Princes (1904, I.5125-5131, I.3998-4004, II.2535-2548, VIII.1660-1680, and I.1331-1337) — eight rhyme royal stanzas.
Note: New 8-stanza description per Reimer (1998), 19-20; incorporates former 3538.5
Subjects: hunting; advice, moral
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2202, ff. 72-71v
First Lines:
Oon sleth the deer wythe an hookid arwe
Whos part is noon yit of the venyson…
Last Lines:
…But where he fynt meeknes & repentance
Mercy is maistresse off his ordinance
Note: Two-leaf fragment, not originally part of this MS, bound in inverted order, with text running from f. 72 and continuing on f. 71r-v (with f. 72v blank, perhaps intended as a cover): Stanza 1 (f. 72): Book I, lines 5125-5131; Stanza 2 (f. 72): Book I, lines 3998-4004; Stanzas 3 (f. 72) and 4 (f. 71): Book II, lines 2535-2548; Stanzas 5/6/7 (f. 71): Book VIII, lines 1660-1680; Stanza 8 (f. 71v): Book I, 1331-1337.
Editions:
Bowers, Robert Hood. “The Middle English ‘Oon Sleth the Deer Wyth an Hookid Arwe.’” Southern Folklore Quarterly 15 (1951): 249-50.