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That witten all that ever been
A Rhyming Charter of King Athelstan to St. John of Beverlay — in couplets
Note: Cf. 6767.
Subjects: charters; John of Beverley, saint; Athelstan, king
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Dodsworth 10 (SC 4152), ff. 43v-44v
First Lines:
That witten all that euer beene
That this Chartet hearen and seene…
Last Lines:
… God helpe all those ilke men
That helpe to the Thowen
Note: 78 lines.
Attributed Title: Charta Regis Adlestain ecclesie sancti Johanis Beuerlaii (f. 43v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Dodsworth 95 (SC 5036), ff. 32v-33
First Lines:
þat written alle þat euer been
þat þis Chartre heren and seen…
Last Lines:
…God help alle þas ilk men
þat helpes to the thowen
Note: 78 lines.
Attributed Title: The Ryming Charter of King Athelstan to Seint John of Beuerlay (f. 32v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Dodsworth 116 (SC 5057), ff. 115-117v
First Lines:
That witten all that euer beene
That this Charter hearen and seene…
Last Lines:
…God Helpe all those ilke men
þat helps to the thowen
Note: 78 lines; at the end: ‘finis’.
Attributed Title: Carta Adelstani facta sancto Johanni Beuerlai (f. 116)
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Charters IV.18
First Lines:
Þat witen alle þat euir been
þat þis chartre heven and seen…
Last Lines:
…God help alle þas ilk men
þat helpes to þe thowen
Note: Single leaf. 81 lines. Written as prose.
Editions:
Birch, Walter de Gray. Cartularium Saxonicum. 3 vols. London: Whiting, 1885-93: 2.322.
Dugdale, Sir William. Monasticon Anglicanum. London: Hodgkinsonne, 1655; rev. eds. R. Dodsworth, J. Stevens, etc: 2.129; repr. Poulson (1829).
Kemble, John Mitchell. Codex Diplomaticus Aevi Saxonici. 6 vols. London: Sumptibus Societatis, 1839-48: 2.186.
Thorpe, Benjamin. Diplomatarium Anglicum Aevi Saxonici…. London: Trübner, etc.: 1865: 180.
Speth, George William, ed. Quatuor Coronatorum Antigrapha. Margate: H. Keble, 1889: I, Part 3, p. 29.
Leach, Arthur Francis, ed. Memorials of Beverly Minster. The Chapter Act Book of the Collegiate Church of S. John of Beverley A. D. 1286-1347. Vol. 2. Surtees Society 108 (1903): 280-6 (even pp.).
5.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 269, f. 213
First Lines:
That written all that euer beene
That this charter heven & seene…
Last Lines:
…Send ther writt soone anan
That his manser man be tan
Note: 81 lines.
Attributed Title: Charta Regis Adelstani Ecclesiae Sancti Johannis Beuerlaei (f. 213)
Editions:
Birch, Walter de Gray. Cartularium Saxonicum. 3 vols. London: Whiting, 1885-93: 2.322.
6.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Charta Antiqua M 251
First Lines:
Þat wyte alle þat nouþ beþ
þat þis writ y hureþ and yseþ…
Last Lines:
…Þys writt was yȝiue at Candelmasse
In þe Suxe and Tuentyþe more Ne lasse
þe Date of Edward houre kynghe
god him ȝiue god endyngge
Note: A much later, and not very accurate transcription bears the same reference number: ‘Copy of an Instrument in old English & in Verse’.