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The foot folk
Song on the victory of the English at Dunbar inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle and Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Chronicle — one 12-line stanza, aabccbddeffe
Note: For Mannyng’s Chronicle, see 3253.
Author(s): Peter Langtoft
Title(s): Chronicle
Subjects: Dunbar, battle of; occasional verse; historical poems
Versification: — twelve-line — aabccbddeffe, aabccb
Bibliographic Ghosts: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library: a ghost?: removed by Robbins and Cutler (1965); London, British Library Royal 20 A.II: not found in this MS.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 24 (SC 3904), f. 7v
First Lines:
Wol worþe swich a fot folk
þat drof þe skottes in þe polk…
Last Lines:
…þe deuel i þou bikenne
þat ragged rit in helle
Note: In Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 394-5; 295-6.
2.Source: Oxford, All Souls College 39, f. 102
Transcription:
Þe fote folk put þe scottes in þe polk an naked þaire nages
be waye herd i nauer seye of prestere pages
To pike þe robes of þe Rige þat in feld felle
Þat token ay tulke þe roghe raggy schulke rugham to helle
Note: Written as four lines; in Langtoft’s Chronicle.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1, ff. 341-341v
First Lines:
þe fote folke
puth þe scotes in þe polke
and wakned þaire nages…
Last Lines:
…Þe roglre taggi sculke
rugham in helle
Note: In Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 394-5; 295-6.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius A.V, f. 147v
First Lines:
Þe fote folk
Put þe scottes in þe polk…
Last Lines:
…þe roghe raggy sculke
Rugham in helle
Note: In Langtoft’s Chronicle.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Chronicle of Pierre de Langtoft, in French Verse, from the Earliest Period to the Death of King Edward I. 2 vols. Rolls Series 47 (1866-68): 2.248.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 59.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 114, f. 136v
Transcription:
Þe fote folk
Putte scottes in þe polk
And nakkned þare nages
By waye herd i neuere saye
Of prester pages
To pike þe Robes of þe Rike
and in þe dike schonne
Þikkin scot of Aberlythin Clut es ty honne
Note: In Langtoft’s Chronicle. First two lines written two lines of verse in one line of MS.
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.XI, f. 109
Transcription:
Þe fot folk . þat þe scottis in þe polk . & nakid þeir nages
Be wai . her I neuere sai . of prestere pages
To pike . þe robes of þe rike . and in þe dik sonne
Þou wiffin . scot of abrenityn . cloutid is þi houne
Note: Several verse lines per manuscript line. In Langtoft’s Chronicle.
7.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 14, f. 140v1
Transcription:
Wel wrþ swich a fote folk
Þat put þe scottes in þe polk
and paied þeim þeir wages
Bi wode ne bi weie
Herd I neuere seie
of prestere pages
To pulle and to pike
þe roles of þe rike
þat in þe feld felle
Hou ferd þe wrecches þenne
þe deuel i þem bikenne
þat ragged sit in helle
Note: Variant version; in Langtoft’s Chronicle. First letter offset; couplets with a tail rhyme offset.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 394-5; 295-6.
8.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 61, f. 130r1
Transcription:
Þe fote folk
Putte þe scottes in þe polk
And nalkend þair uages
By way herd i neuer say Of prester pages
To pike þe robes of þe rike and in þe dike eþonne
Wiffyn scot of Abernithin clut es ty houne
Note: In Langtoft’s Chronicle.
9.Source: London, Inner Temple Petyt 511.7 (Part VII), f. 175v3
First Lines:
Oure fote folk put þam in þe polk & nakned þer uages
bi no way herd I neuer say of prester pages
purses to pike robis to rike & in dike þam schoune
þou wiffin scotte of Abrethin kotte is þi houne
Note: In Mannyng’s Chronicle.
Attributed Author: Couwe (f. 175, rubric, in margin)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 394-5; 295-6.
Hearne, Thomas, ed. Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle, and Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Metrical Chronicle. Oxford: at the Theatre, 1725; repr. 1810: 277 (ed. 1810).
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 209.
Sullens, Idelle, ed. Robert Mannyng of Brunne: The Chronicle. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1996.
10.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 12154
Note: In Langtoft’s Chronicle.