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Piked him and diked him
Song of the Scots at the Siege of Berwick by Edward I, inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle — 12 lines
Note: Cf. 6261.
Author(s): Peter Langtoft
Title(s): Chronicle (Langtoft)
Subjects: Berwick, siege of; Scots, songs of; chronicles, verse in
Versification: — six-line — aabccb
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, Lambeth Palace Library 131: not in this MS.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 24 (SC 3904), f. 5
Transcription:
Piket him and diket him
in skorn seiden he
In pikeþ he it and dikeþ it
his owen for to be
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle; four lines.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 392-3, 286.
2.Source: Oxford, All Souls College 39, f. 100vb
Transcription:
Piket him
and diked him
scoren saydon he
Ne dikes yt
he sclikes it
hys hayen forto be
Scatered be þe scottes
hoared in þeire hottes
neuer yn ne the
Riht if i rede
þai tombled in twede
yt woned by þe se
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle; written three lines per line in the MS.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1, f. 239v
First Lines:
Piket hym
and diket him
On scorne saiden he…
Last Lines:
…Þay toumble in twede
þat woned bi þe se
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 392-3, 286.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius A.V, f. 145v
First Lines:
Pyket it him
an disliket hym…
Last Lines:
…Þai tumbled in twede
Þat woned by þe se
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle. Written as prose.
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): 2.234-6.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 114, ff. 134-134v
Transcription:
Pyker him and diker hym
In schoren sayden he
He pykes he dykes
On legthe als hym lykes
hu best may be
Scatered her þe scottes
hodred in þeyre hottes
Neuere þay ne the
Rycht if I rede
þay tomble in twede
þat woned by þe se
Note: Two lines of verse per line of MS, except lines 7, 10, 13.
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.II, f. 125v
First Lines:
Piket hym and diket him in scoren saiden hee
He pikes he dikes…
Last Lines:
…Þai toumbe in twede
Þat woned bi þe se
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
7.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.XI, f. 107v
Transcription:
Piket him . And dikit him . In scorn senden he .
He pikes . he dikes . On lengthe als him likes . Hov best mai be
Scatered are þe scottis . hodered in þeir hottes . Neuere þe ne the .
Rich ȝif i rede . Þei tumbled in tuede . Þat woned be þe se
Note: Several verse lines per manuscript line. Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
8.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 14, f. 139v2
Transcription:
Pikit him and dikit him in hoker seiden he
Nu pikes he it and dikes it his owen for to be
Skiterende scottes
Ho dere in þeir hottes
Neuere þei ne þe
Riȝtli if i rede
Þei tumbled in twede
Þat woned bi þe se
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 392-3, 286.
9.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 61, f. 128
Transcription:
Pikit him and dikit him in scoren senden he
He pikes he dikes
On leghe als him likes
hou best men be
Scaterd er ȝe Scottes
Hoderd in þeir hottes
Neuer þai ne þe
Rikt yif I rede
Þay tumbeld in twede
þat woned by þe se
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle. Written in stanzas of three with two rhyming couplets and a tail rhyme offset between them.
10.Source: London, Inner Temple Petyt 511.7 (Part VII), ff. 174-174v
Transcription:
pikit him & dikit him on scorne said he
he pikes & dikes in length as him likes how best it may be
& þou has for þi pikyng mykill ill likyng þe soþe is to se
without any lesyng all is þi heþying fallen opon þe
for scatred er þi scottis & hodred in þer hottes neuer þei ne the
right als I rede þei tombled in tuede þat woned by þe se
Note: Inserted in Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Chronicle (see 3253); 18 lines.
Attributed Author: Couwe (f. 174, rubric, in margin)
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: 273.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 392-3, 286.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 506.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 208.
Sullens, Idelle, ed. Robert Mannyng of Brunne: The Chronicle. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1996: 651.
11.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 12154
Note: Inserted 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.xi.
Legge, Mary Dominica. Anglo-Norman Literature and its Background. Oxford: Clarendon, 1963: 352.