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The property of every shire
Characteristics of the counties of England — 21 couplets
Subjects: England, counties of, characteristics; mnemonics; utilitarian instructions
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Oxford Bodleian Library Rawlinson, MS ed. Hearne 1710
First Lines:
The propyrte of euery shyre
I shal you telle and ye will here…
Last Lines:
…That Lord that for us all dyde dye
Saue all these shires amen say we
Note: 48 lines, in couplets; after is written, ‘Probata sunt ista omnia’.
Editions:
Hearne, Thomas. The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary. Oxford: at the Theatre, 1710, 1769, 1770: 3rd ed. (1770), 5.xxix-xxx.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.41-2.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 7371, f. 80v
First Lines:
Heruordschir shild & sper
Woseterschir wringe per…
Last Lines:
…Cornewall full of tyme
Wales full of gentlemen
Note: 42 lines.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.269-70.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 499-500.