The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
The foremost of these beasts three
Three dangerous beasts, the lion, the bear and the dragon, eleven to fifteen lines—mixed rhyme schemes, couplets and short lines abba (the first two lines not in Furnivall).
Subjects: heraldry; dragons
two-line, four-line —
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7322
, f. 163r1
þe formest of þese bestres þre
is worst of alle as tou mait se…
…I wile ȝou alle swelewe wit outin oni loth
dot some wile y saue & some wile y noth
Note: Written as prose inserted into Latin, the couplets separated by Latin text
Furnivall, Frederick James,
Political, Religious and Love Poems, from Lambeth MS. 306 and other
o.s. 15 (1866); repr. 1962; rev. ed. 1903: 237; rev. ed. 255-6.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds.
The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 555-6.