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IMEV 3218.3
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Strange men that needeth
Peaceful England — 26 lines in couplets, in Trevisa’s translation of Higden’s Polychronicon (Book I, chap. 41)
Author(s): John Trevisa; Ranulph Higden
Title(s): Polychronicon
Subjects: political poems; chronicles, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 11379 [Mun. A.6.90]: this copy of Trevisa missing folios between 74 and 75: 74 recto marks II.17 in margin; 75 recto marks ‘book 3’ in upper margin and folio 76, cap. 28 of book III; Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 83 (T.3.21): this is Brut Chronicle, not Trevisa; New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M875 [olim Helmingham Hall]



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College H.1 (204), f. 64va-64vb
First Lines:
Strounge men þat nedeþ
Þat lond wel ofte releueþ…
Last Lines:
…Riches þat þere is an
ȝern wolde Octauian
Editions:
Babington, Churchill, and Joseph Rawson Lumby, eds. Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden Monachi Cestrensis. 9 vols. Rolls Series 41 (1865-66; repr. Kraus, 1964): 2.19-21.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 24194, f. 66va-66vb
First Lines:
Stronge men þat nedeth
þat lond wel ofte releueþ
Whan hunger greueþ
þat lond alle men suche fedeþ…
Last Lines:
…Of likynge þerwon
wondre myȝt salamon
Riches þat þer is an
ȝern wolde ottaman
Note: Written as prose.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius D.VII, Part 1, f. 39
Transcription:
straange man þat needeþ
þat lond wel ofte releueþ
whan honger greueþ
þat lond al man such feedeþ
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 1900, f. 78
First Lines:
Straunge men þat nedeþ
þat lond wel ofte releueþ
Whan honger greueþ
þat lond alle men siche fedeþ…
Last Lines:
…Of likyng þar won
wondrye myȝt salomon
Riches þat þar is an
ȝerne wolde Octoman
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: London, British Library Stowe 65, ff. 29ra-29rb
First Lines:
Strange men þat nedeþ
þat lond wel ofte reueleþ…
Last Lines:
…Riches þat þere is an
ȝerne wolde ottauian
Note: Written as prose. Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
6.Source: Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Library 21, ff. 40vb-41ra
First Lines:
Stronge men þat nedeþ þat lond wel ofte reseveþ…
Last Lines:
…Riches þat þere is an ȝern wolde octavian
Note: Written as prose, but with a paraph at the beginning of each couplet.
7.Source: Oslo and London, Schøyen Collection 194 [olim Penrose 12]
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 28561 [olim Burghley], ff. 74vb-75ra
First Lines:
Straunge men þat nediþ
þat lond wel ofte releuiþ…
Last Lines:
…Riches þat þar is an
ȝerne wolde Octauian
Note: Written as prose.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 13440a. Higden, Ranulphus (trans. John Trevisa), Discripcion of Britayne & also [of] Irlonde, Caxton, 1480