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Princes proud that beth in press
Roberd of Cisyle — in couplets
Title(s): Roberd of Cisyle
Subjects: Robert of Sicily; legends
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 300rc2-301rc
First Lines:
PRinces proude þat beþ in pres
I wol ou telle þing not lees…
Last Lines:
…Euermore to ben a boue
Þer Is Ioye cumfort and loue. AMEN.
Note: 444 lines.
Attributed Title: Her is of kyng Robert of Cicyle (see 1983)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Sammlung altenglischer Legenden. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1878: 209-19.
French, Walter Hoyt, and Charles Brockway Hale. Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1930: 933.
Ford, Boris. The Age of Chaucer, with an Anthology of Medieval Poems. Hammersmith, Melbourne, etc.: Penguin, 1954: 289-301.
Foster, Edward E., ed. Amis and Amiloun, Robert of Cisyle, and Sir Amadace. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1997. 2nd ed. 2007: 89-110.
2.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 165
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Sammlung altenglischer Legenden. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1878: 209-19.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 254rb-257vb
First Lines:
Pryncis þat be prowde in prese
I wyll þat þat ys no lees
Yn Tysyll was a nobull kynge
ffayre & stronge & some dele ȝynge…
Last Lines:
…That he graunt vs þat ylk blysse
That he haþ ordeyned for all hys
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 62 (1879): 397-442: 417-31.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Nugae Poeticae: Select Pieces of Old English Popular Poetry, Illustrating the Manners and Arts of the Fifteenth Century. London: J. R. Smith, 1844: 49-63.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 1.270-88.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.4.9, ff. 87v-93v
First Lines:
PRyncis prowde that ben in pres
I xal you telle þat is no les…
Last Lines:
…Comfort vs whan we hens wende
In to þat blysse þat hath non ende
Attributed Title: Here endyth Kynge Roberd of Cysyle (f. 93v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 62 (1879): 397-442: 417-31.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 174/95, pp. 456-468
First Lines:
Pryncys provde that be in prees
I schall you tell that is no leesse…
Last Lines:
…Euermore to be a bove
ffor there is euyr Ioy peas & loue
Attributed Author: [or scribe?] ffysher iiiiiiiiiiiȝ (p. 458), ffyshar (p. 459), Sproxton (p. 460)
Attributed Title: Jhesu mercy (pp. 456-7, as RT), ‘lady helpe’ (pp. 458-9, as RT); Explicit kyng Roberd of Cesyll (p. 468)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 62 (1879): 397-442: 417-31.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 90vc-91vc
First Lines:
Princes proude þat beoþ in pres
I wol ou telle þing not les…
Last Lines:
…I rede þin errour þou for sake
þou spekest of þing þat may not beþ…
Note: Eight folios missing between f. 91 and 92. Prose text ff. 92-118r.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 34801, f. 2
Note: Fragment, 46 lines.
Editions:
Hornstein, Lillian Herlands. “King Robert of Sicily: A New Manuscript.” PMLA 78 (1963): 453-8: 455.
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 525, f. 35
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 1701, ff. 92-95
First Lines:
PRynces proude þat beþ yn pres
I wyl ȝow telle of þyng no les…
Last Lines:
…God graunte þat hyt so be
Amen Amen per charyte
Editions:
Utterson, Edward Vernon, ed. Kyng Roberd of Cysylle. London: Whittingham, 1839.