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IMEV 3308.5
NIMEV TM 1203
The black shall bleed and the blue shall fare and feed
A political prophecy by the stars — couplets or rhyme royal, loosely rhyming
Note: Extrapolation of lines 28, 31, 33-35 of 3994, occurring separately; usually follows 1215; included as if part of 1215 in Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 387.
Subjects: prophecies, political; astrology/astronomy; political poems
Versification: — two-line, seven-line — aa, ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.2.53 (1157), f. 41
First Lines:
The blak schall blede the blew schall haue his hed[ ]
The white & the blewe schall torne al to one…
Last Lines:
…That after schal it neuer thyng ne keuer
And Iubiter schall do this dede at dovere
Note: 7 lines, rhyme royal; follows 1215.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra C.IV, f. 123v1
First Lines:
The Blake shall blede
The Blewe shall haue his hed…
Last Lines:
…Þat after shall it neuer shyn ne couer
And Iubiter shall doo þat dede atte douer
Note: 6 long lines; precedes 1215.
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “Poems Dealing with Contemporary Conditions.” A Manual of the Writings in Middle English. Albert E. Hartung, ed. Vol. 5, fascicle 13. New Haven, CT: Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1975: 1385-1536, 1631-1725: 1530.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 559, f. 39
4.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, f. 96
Note: 6 lines.