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And so may men ken
Song against the Scots inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle — 5 Anglo-Norman and 2 Middle English stanzas; and in Robert Manning of Brunne — 7 variant stanzas
Author(s): Peter Langtoft
Title(s): Chronicle
Subjects: Scots, songs against; political poems
Versification: — six-line — aabccb
Bibliographic Ghosts: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library: a ghost?: deleted by SIMEV; London, College of Arms, Arundel 14: not found in this copy of Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle (ff. 133-147); London, Lambeth Palace Library 131: not in this MS.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 24 (SC 3904)
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1, f. 343v
First Lines:
And swa mai man kenne
þe scottes to tenne
And wer biginne…
Last Lines:
…þe baghel and þe belle
ben filched and fled
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle, after French verse likewise inserted.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 307.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius A.V, f. 150
First Lines:
And swa many men kenne
Þe scottes to renne…
Last Lines:
…Þair baghel and þair belle
Ben filched and flede
Note: Inserted in Peter 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): (ii) 264.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 114, ff. 138v-139
First Lines:
And swa may man kenne
Þe scottes to renne
And were bi ginne…
Last Lines:
…Þat baghel and þe belle
Ben filched and fledde
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle. Twelve lines in two stanzas rhyming roughly aabccb, every third line written to right of the preceding couplet.
Editions:
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 211.
5.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.II, f. 128v
First Lines:
And swa may man ken
Þe scottes to renne…
Last Lines:
…Þat baghel and belle
Bien fliched and fledde
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.XI, f. 110v
Transcription:
And swa may men kenne . þe scottes to renne . And were biginne
Þe kinges sete of scone . is driuen ouer done . to london I led
In toune I herde telle . þat baghel and belle . bien filched and fled
Note: Several verse lines per manuscript line. Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
7.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 61, f. 132
Transcription:
And swa may men kene
Þe scottes to renne
And were begynne
Summe is left na thing
Bot his ryuen riueling
To hippe þarinne
Þair kyng sete of scone
Es dryuen ouer Done
To Lunden iledde
In toune herd i telle
Þat baghel and þe belle
Been filched and fledde
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle. Written in three-line stanzas, with a rhyming couplet and offset tail rhyme.
8.Source: London, Inner Temple Petyt 511.7 (Part VII), f. 177r2
Transcription:
he sall þe ken our lond to bren & werre bigynne
þou getes no þing bot þi riueluyng to hang þerInne
þe sete of þe scone is driuen ouer done to london lad
I hard wele tell þe bagell & bell be filchid & fled
Note: Inserted in Robert Mannyng of Brunne (See 3253). This text may extend further than the transcribed portion. The scribe indicates these interpolations with vertical red lines dividing the ‘Couwe’ passages into three verse lines. The mark-up here extends through 5169.
Attributed Author: Couwe (f. 177, rubric, in margin)
Editions:
Hearne, Thomas, ed. Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle, and Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Metrical Chronicle. Oxford: at the Theatre, 1725; repr. 1810: 282 (ed. 1810).
Sullens, Idelle, ed. Robert Mannyng of Brunne: The Chronicle. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1996: 656.
9.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 12154
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.