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DIMEV 4987
IMEV 3187
NIMEV 3187
Sometime there was a noble man
The Seuyn Sages of Rome — in short couplets; ‘D’ text
Note: For ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ texts, see 4984, 4985 and 4986.
Title(s): The Seuyn Sages of Rome
Subjects: tales; wise men; women, against
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS], ff. 167-209v
First Lines:
Ane empriour in tymes bygane
In Rome callit dioclesiane…
Last Lines:
…Syne ȝeid till hevyn & sa do we
Says all Amen for cherite
Note: Imperfect, 2780 lines; Nineteenth-century transcripts: Edinburgh, University Lib., La.III.481 (ff. 1-); and Edinburgh, University Lib., La.IV.27/28 (item 9, incomplete).
Attributed Title: Heir begynis þe buke of þe sevyne sagis (f. 167); Heir endes þe sevyn sages per Magistro asloan (f. 209v)
Editions:
Craigie, William Alexander. The Asloan Manuscript. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 14, 16. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1923, 192: 2.1-88.
Buuren[- Veenenbos], C. van, ed. The Buke of the Sevyne Sagis: A Middle Scots Version of the Seven Sages of Rome, edited from the Asloan Manuscript (NLS Acc 4223), c. 1515. Leiden, 1982.