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DIMEV 4829
IMEV 3098.6
NIMEV 3098.6
She was fairest of all
Two fragments from a romance of Apollonius of Tyre — about 140 lines in quatrains
Subjects: romances
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 216 (SC 21790), first fragment
First Lines:
[ ] sche is þe fairest of alle
þe kyng gan [ ] & on his knees byfore hire falle…
Last Lines:
…[ ]ollet deye for ȝou y wys raþer þan my man schal ȝou greue
[ ]gulion my douȝter y tok & deuyse þat hys hys wyf
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 216 (SC 21790), second fragment
First Lines:
þat þe citesaynes wit gret deol hadde write hit to fore oure eyȝe
Appolyn gan to calle tarse douȝter wher euere þou be…
Last Lines:
…[ ] reide he payne of helle o god lord & persones þreo
þe blysse of heuene dwelle amen per charite
Attributed Title: Explicit Appollonius tyrus Rex nobilis & vertuosus et cetera (at the end)
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. A New Boke about Shakespeare. London and Stratford-upon-Avon, 1850: 1-13.
Smyth, Albert Henry. Shakespeare’s Pericles and Apollonius of Tyre. Philadelphia: MacCallam, 1898: 249-55.
Raith, Josef, ed. Die alt- und mittelenglischen Apollonius-Bruchstücke. Studien und Texte zur englischen Philologie 3. Munich: Huber, 1956: 78-84.