The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5039
IMEV 3217
NIMEV 3217
Stories to read are delightable
Barbour’s Bruce — about 13,550 lines in couplets
Author(s): John Barbour
Title(s): Bruce
Subjects: historical poems
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College G.23 (191), ff. 26-163v
First Lines:
…It was gret pite for to heir
ffolk till be tribulit on þis maner…
Last Lines:
…Bryng ws hye vp till hevynis blis
Quhar all wayis liff and liking is
Note: Begins Bk. IV, line 57.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber excellentissimi et nobilissimi principis roberti de broys scottorum regis illustrissimi qui hec liber scriptus fuit & finitus in vigilia sancti iohannis baptiste videlicet decollacio eiusdem per manum I de R capellam anno domini Millesimo Quadrangentesimo octogesimo septimo (f. 163v)
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Bruce by John Barbour. EETS e.s. 11 (1870); 21 (1874); 29 (1877); 55 (1889); repr. in 2 vols, 1968.
Skeat, Walter William, ed. The Bruce, etc. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 31-33. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1894.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.2, ff. 1ra-65ra
First Lines:
Storyis to rede ar delitabill
Suppose þat þai be nocht bot fabill…
Last Lines:
…bring ws hey till hure mekill blis
quhar alwayis lestand liking Is
Freebairn, Robert, ed. The Life and Acts of the Most Victorious Conqueror Robert Bruce, King of Scotland. Edinburgh: n.p., 1714, 1758; anonymous.
Pinkerton, John, ed. The Bruce. 3 vols. London: Nicol, 1790.
Jamieson, John, ed. The Bruce; and Wallace. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, 1820.
Mackenzie, William Mackay, ed. The Bruce. London: Black, 1909.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Longer Scottish Poem. vol. 1: 1375-1650. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pr., 1987: 4-24 (extract).
Innes, Cosmo, ed. The Brus; from a collation of the Cambridge and Edinburgh manuscripts Spalding Club 28. Aberdeen, 1856: (composite text).
Eyre-Todd, George. Early Scottish Poetry. Glasgow: W. Hodge, 1891: 73-127 (extracts).

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 1377.5. Barbour, John, [Acts and life of Robert Bruce], [Imprintit at Edinburgh: by Robert Lekpreuik, at the expensis of Henrie Charteris, anno Do. M.D.LXXI. [1571]]
Note: Further editions by Andro Hart, 1616; Anderson 1670; etc.