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This ender year I heard be told
Robert Henryson, ‘Bludy Serk’ — fifteen eight-line tail-rhyme stanzas
Author(s): Robert Henryson
Title(s): ‘Bludy Serk’
Subjects: romances; allegories
Versification: — eight-line — abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 325-326
First Lines:
This hindir ȝeir I hard be tald
Thair was a worthy king…
Last Lines:
…ffor his lufe þat bocht ws deir
Think on þe bludy serk
Note: Treated as one of Henryson’s Fables, interrupting the segments of Fables in this MS and having for title in left margin, added by later hand, ‘Fable VII. The bludy Sark’ (f. 325).
Attributed Author: ffinis quod maister R. Henrici (f. 326v)
Attributed Title: The bludy Sark (added by later hand, f. 325)
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:
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: 924-6.
Laing, David. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular and Romance Poetry of Scotland. Edinburgh: 1822; rev. J. Small , Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1885; rev. W. C. Hazlitt , “Early Popular Poetry of Scotland” , London: Reeves and Turner, 1895: 199.
Smith, G. Gregory, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. 3 vols. Scottish Text Society 55 (1906), 58 (1908), 64 (1914); rpt. New York, 1968: 3.96-100.
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: 4.202-5.
Pinkerton, John, ed. Scottish Poems Reprinted from Scarce Editions. 3 vols. London: Nicol, 1792: 3.189.
Sibbald, John. Chronicle of Scottish Poetry…. 4 vols. Edinburgh and London, 1802: 1.178-82.
Child, Francis James. English and Scottish Ballads. 8 vols. in 4, forerunner of next entry. Boston: Houghton, Osgood, also Little, Brown, 1857-58 et seq: 8.147-52.
Laing, David. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular and Romance Poetry of Scotland. Edinburgh: 1822; rev. J. Small , Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1885; rev. W. C. Hazlitt , “Early Popular Poetry of Scotland” , London: Reeves and Turner, 1895: 10.
Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 151-5.
Gray, Margaret Muriel, ed. Scottish Poetry from Barbour to James VI. New York: Dutton, 1935: 90.
Quiller-Couch, A. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 16.
Cecil, Lord David. The Oxford Book of Christian Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1940: 19-23.
Wood, Henry Harvey. The Poems and Fables of Robert Henryson. Edinburgh, London: Oliver and Boyd, 1933; 2nd ed. rev., 1958: 173-6.
Elliott, Charles, ed. Robert Henryson: Poems. Oxford: Clarendon, 1963/1974: 115-18.
Fox, Denton, ed. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Oxford: Clarendon, 1981: 158-62.