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The nobleness and great magnificence
Robert Henryson, Orpheus and Eurydice — 52 rhyme royal stanzas; five 10-line stanzas (aabaabbcbc); 218 lines in couplets
Note: Critical edition Fox (1981), 132-53.
Author(s): Robert Henryson
Title(s): Orpheus and Eurydice
Subjects: tales; allegories
Versification: — seven-line, ten-line, two-line — ababbcc, aabaabbcbc, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 317v-325
First Lines:
The nobilnes and grit magnificens
Of prince and lord quhai list to magnifie…
Last Lines:
…In perfyte luve As he is glorius
And thus endis þe taill of orpheus
Note: Treated as one of Henryson’s Fables, interrupting the segments of Fables in this MS, and having title by a later hand added to left margin, ‘Fable VI. Orpheus & Eurydice’ (f. 317v); 633 lines in rhyme royal.
Attributed Author: finis quod maister R H (f. 325)
Attributed Title: Orpheus & Eurydice (added by later hand, f. 317v)
Facsimiles:
Fox, Denton, and William A. Ringler. The Bannatyne Manuscript: National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 1.1.6 London: Scolar Press, in Association with The National Library of Scotland, 1980.
Editions:
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 47.
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.26-87.
Ritchie, W. Tod, ed. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 parts in 4 vols. Scottish Text Society 3rd ser. 5 (1928); n.s. 22 (1928); n.s. 23 (1930); n.s. 26 (1934) Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1928-34; ed. by Ritchie et al: 4.182-20.
Murdoch, James Barclay. The Bannatyne Manuscript. 4 vols. in 11 parts, paged continuously. Hunterian Club 16, 32, 40, 46, 50, 55-56, 64-67 Glasgow: Anderson, 1873-1896: 922.
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 49.
Wood, Henry Harvey. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh, London: Oliver and Boyd, 1933; 2nd ed. rev., 1958: 129-48.
Kinghorn, Alexander Manson, ed. The Middle Scots Poets. London: Arnold, and Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1970: 86.
Bawcutt, Priscilla J., and Felicity Riddy, eds. Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar. Edinburgh: 1992: 66-89.
Kindrick, Robert L., ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1997.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland 16500 [formerly Acc. 4233; Asloan MS], ff. 247-256v
First Lines:
THe nobilnes and gret magnificence
Off Prince or Lord quha list to magnify…
Last Lines:
…In parfyte luf as he Is glorius
And þus endis þe tale of orpheus
Note: 578 lines; also paginated 513-532.
Attributed Title: Heir followis þe buke of orpheus And Erudices his quene (f. 247); Explicit þe buke of orpheus (f. 256v)
Editions:
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 47.
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.26-87.
Craigie, William Alexander. The Asloan Manuscript. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society n.s. 14, 16. Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1923, 192: 2.155-74.
Kinghorn, Alexander Manson, ed. The Middle Scots Poets. London: Arnold, and Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1970: 86.
3.Source: Edinburgh, Scottish Record Office RH 13/35, ff. 10vb; 10ra; 11vb; 11ra; 12vb; 12ra
First Lines:
…Wen sche [ ]aid w[ ] allway it [ ]
and we sal les see mot I hay[ ]…
Last Lines:
…and wan þe Ioy of hewin so hie
god grany ws all þairin to be
Note: Folios now disbound and mounted as bifolia, with sides of leaves (i.e. original pages) indicated by column letters above.
Attributed Title: finis huius fabule (12ra)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 13166. Henryson, Robert, Heire begynnis the traitie of Orpheus kyng and how he yeid to hewyn: to hel to seik his quene and ane othir ballad in the lattir end, [Edinburgh: W. Chepman and A. Myllar, 1508?] , ff. 2-9v
First Lines:
The nobilnes and grete magnificence
Off prince or lord quha list to magnify…
Last Lines:
…In parfyte lufe as he is glorius
And thus endis the tale of Orpheus
Note: 461 lines; followed by 3457.
Attributed Title: Heire begynnis the traitie of Orpheus kyng and how he yeid to hewyn & to hel to seik his quene And ane othir ballad in the lattir end
Facsimiles:
Beattie, William. “Introduction.” The Chepman and Myllar Prints: Nine Tracts from the First Scottish Press, Edinburgh, 1508 Followed by the Two other Tracts in the same Volume in the National Library of Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1950: 151-65.
Kinghorn, Alexander Manson, ed. The Middle Scots Poets. London: Arnold, and Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1970: 86.
Editions:
Laing, David. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh: Paterson, 1865: 47.
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.26-87.
Stevenson, George. Pieces from the Makculloch and the Gray MSS. together with The Chepman and Myllar Prints. Scottish Text Society 65. Edinburgh, 1918: 221-36.