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And thus may you hear
Popular verses on Wallace inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle — one 6-line stanza, or in Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s — three stanzas
Author(s): Peter Langtoft
Title(s): Chronicle
Subjects: Wallace, William; popular verses; chronicles, verse in
Versification: — six-line — aabccb
Bibliographic Ghosts: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library: a ghost?: Deleted by Robbins and Cutler (1965); Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1: not in this MS of Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle, ff. 328v-345v; edition by Wright in 1839 erroneously applied to this MS in Brown and Robbins (1943); 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: London, British Library Cotton Julius A.V, f. 168v
Transcription:
And tus may you here
A ladde to lere
to bigken in pais
It falles in his eghe
That hackes ovre heghe
wit at Walays
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle; Wright’s edition in 1839 erroneously applied to the ghost entry in Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1 in Brown and Robbins (1943).
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 323.
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) 364.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 114, f. 158
Transcription:
And tus may you here
Ai ladde to lere
to biggen in pays
It falles in his eghe
þat hackes ouer heghe
Witte at Walays
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle. Lines 3 and six written to right of coulpets of 1-2 and 4-5.
Editions:
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 211.
4.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.II, f. 145
Transcription:
And thus may þou here
A ladde to leere
To biggin in pays
It falles in his eghe
Þat hagges ouer heghe
Wit at Walais
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
5.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.XI, f. 126
Transcription:
And þus mai men here . A ladde te lere . to biggin in pais
It fallis in his i ȝe . þat hakkis ouer hie . with þat Waleis
Note: Several verse lines per manuscript line. Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.
6.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 61, f. 149
Transcription:
And þus may you here
A ladde to lere
To bigken in pays
It falles in his eghe
Þat hackes ouer heghe
Wit at Walays
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle. Written in three-line stanzas with a rhyming couplet and an offset tail rhyme.
7.Source: London, Inner Temple Petyt 511.7 (Part VII), f. 191v
Transcription:
þer may men here a ladde fort lere to biggen in pays
it fallis in his Iȝe þat hewes ouer hie with þe walays
Note: Robert Mannyng of Brunne (see 3253): 12 lines.
Attributed Title: Couwe de waleys (f. 191v, rubric, in margin)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 323, 399.
Hearne, Thomas, ed. Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle: as illustrated and improv’d by Robert of Brunne, from the death of Cadwalader to the end of K. Edward the First’s reign. Oxford : Printed at the Theater, [London: Reprinted for S. Bagster, in the Strand], 1810: 330.
Sullens, Idelle, ed. Robert Mannyng of Brunne: The Chronicle. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1996: 685.
8.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale fr. 12154
Note: Inserted in Peter Langtoft’s Chronicle.