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The sun is here in his sign
English verses on the Signs of the Zodiac — three 6-line stanzas and nine quatrains, all in couplets
Subjects: zodiac; didactic verse
Versification: — six-line, four-line — aabbcc, aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.939 (SC 15409), part 2
First Lines:
þe sonne ys here in his syne
tat is seson forto reyne…
Last Lines:
…þat beste wiþ oute lesynge
Wol take his mete ascendynge
Editions:
Mooney, Linne R. “Practical Didactic Works in Middle English.” Diss. Toronto, 1981: 204-8.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 212-212v
First Lines:
The son þat is here in þis sene
þat is kyndely seson forto reyne
And for to frese & to snowe
& forto lese is hew
os þe pecher turnes vp so downe
so dosse þe wedder in þat seson…
Last Lines:
…þat is a sene of wordes weylle
few schepe & mony crepand bestes fele
Note: First 6 months only, interspersed with 6477, both written as prose.
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.