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NIMEV TM 159
And in this fair way perceive I well a thing
The Talis of the Fyve Bestes — 422 lines in couplets
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 159.
Title(s): The Talis of the Fyve Bestes
Subjects: fables, beast
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS], ff. 229-235v
First Lines:
…And in þis fair way perfaif I wele a thing
To no gud rest þis nyt It sal ws bring…
Last Lines:
…Beseike we him þat bocht ws with his blud
Eternale god þe ground of euery gud
Note: MS also paginated = pp. 473-486; nineteenth-century transcripts in Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.IV.27 and Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library La.IV.28, item 2 and again item 10 (imperfect).
Attributed Title: Heir endes The talis of þe fyve Bestes per M Jo asloan (f. 235v)
Editions:
Laing, David. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular and Romance Poetry of Scotland. Edinburgh: 1822; rev. J. Small , Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1885; rev. W. C. Hazlitt , “Early Popular Poetry of Scotland” , London: Reeves and Turner, 1895: 278.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Asloan Manuscript. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 14, 16. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1923, 192: 2.127-40.
Kratzmann, Gregory, ed. Cokelbie Sow and the Talis of the Fyve Bestes. New York and London: Garland, 1983.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 156-9 (Unicorn’s tale only).