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As I me went this ender day / Fast in my way
Thomas of Erceldoune’s Prophecy, in three ‘Fyttes’ — in quatrains or five-line stanzas, or others irregular
Note: See 6205; Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 193; critical edition Flasdieck (1934); there are many prophecies of this name in the sixteenth century, some variants, others bearing no relation to this text.
Author(s): Thomas Erceldoune of
Subjects: political prophecies; romances
Versification: — four-line, five-line — abab, ababc
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 337 (SC 6683): from Robbins and Cutler (1965); not in this MS; Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.1062 (SC 13814), ff. 92-93*: see 6205.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1386 (SC 8258), pp. 277-292
First Lines:
…A chylde with a Chapell shall araye him right
with manye a hardie man of hande…
Last Lines:
…when it pleaseth him to call
to heaven bringe you & me
Note: Garbled and disordered fragment of Fytte III; contains prose insertions.
Attributed Author: The prophesie of Sir Thomas of Askledown (p. 277)
Attributed Title: The prophesie of Sir Thomas of Askledown (p. 277)
Editions:
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Thomas of Erceldoune. Sammlung Englischer Denkmäler in Kritischen Ausgaben. Bnd. 2. Berlin: Weidmann, 1880: 127.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 56 (SC 4062), ff. 39-40v
First Lines:
Thomas of wandrith & of wough
A dolefull tale tell the I shall…
Last Lines:
…There shall he dey without layn
God take his soule in blys to be
Note: Fragment, 144 lines in quatrains; corrupt version of Fytte III.
Attributed Author: Thomas of Arseldon (f. 39)
Editions:
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Thomas of Erceldoune. Sammlung Englischer Denkmäler in Kritischen Ausgaben. Bnd. 2. Berlin: Weidmann, 1880: 118-23.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 119-128v
First Lines:
As I me went þis endyrs day
ffast on my way makyng my mone…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu crowned with thorne so clere
Bryng vs to thy hall on hye
Note: 492 lines.
Editions:
Murray, J. A. H., ed. The Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune EETS 61 o.s. 61 (1875); repr. 1987.
Jamieson, Robert. Popular Ballads and Songs…. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Cadell and Davies; London: J. Murray, 1806: 2.11-42.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Illustrations of the Fairy Mythology of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. London: Shakespeare Society, 1845.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 305-27 (crit.ed.).
Nixon, Ingeborg, ed. Thomas of Erceldoune. 2 vols. Publications of the Department of English, University of Copenhagen 9/1-2. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 1980-1983.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 6702
Note: Fragment.
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vitellius E.X, ff. 240v-243
First Lines:
In a lande as I was lent
In the grykyng of þe day…
Last Lines:
…man wold I here þat couth tel more of þis ferly
…Kyng so clere brynge vs to þi hall…
Note: Imperfect: 564 lines. Folio number reflects the most recent foliation. Manuscript damage.
Attributed Title: Incipit prophecia Thomas de Arseldon (f. 240v); explicit Thomas de Arseldoun (f. 243)
Editions:
Murray, J. A. H., ed. The Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune EETS 61 o.s. 61 (1875); repr. 1987.
Scott, Sir Walter. Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1932; revised Henderson : 4.92.
Nixon, Ingeborg, ed. Thomas of Erceldoune. 2 vols. Publications of the Department of English, University of Copenhagen 9/1-2. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 1980-1983.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 559, ff. 32v-33
First Lines:
In vs Iudge the truthe as before ws hathe ben
to Iudge we may all þat shalbe seen…
Last Lines:
…Then your maydens ley within your stronge walle
ffor after þis no harme to your Rewllme shall falle
Note: Fragment, 19 lines; late sixteenth-century variant in Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Ee. B. 8 (SC 3338), f. 21. Folios renumbered so this was formerly folios 31v-32; prophecy relates to events of 1553 according to line 3: ‘a thowsand five hundreth fyfte two & one’ (f. 31v).
Attributed Title: Prophecia (f. 32v)
Editions:
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Thomas of Erceldoune. Sammlung Englischer Denkmäler in Kritischen Ausgaben. Bnd. 2. Berlin: Weidmann, 1880: 124-5.
7.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, ff. 24-31
Note: 491 lines; includes 81 lines of 6434.
Editions:
Murray, J. A. H., ed. The Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune EETS 61 o.s. 61 (1875); repr. 1987.
Nixon, Ingeborg, ed. Thomas of Erceldoune. 2 vols. Publications of the Department of English, University of Copenhagen 9/1-2. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 1980-1983.
8.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, ff. 6-11v
Note: Imperfect: 332 lines; lacks 321 lines of Fytte I. Followed by 6434.
Attributed Author: the iid fytt of sir thomas of Arseldoun (f. 6)
Editions:
Murray, J. A. H., ed. The Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune EETS 61 o.s. 61 (1875); repr. 1987.
Nixon, Ingeborg, ed. Thomas of Erceldoune. 2 vols. Publications of the Department of English, University of Copenhagen 9/1-2. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 1980-1983.
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 149v-153v
First Lines:
Als I me wente þis Endres daye
fful faste in mynd makand my mone
In a mery mornynge of maye…
Last Lines:
…A rounde with a crowne of brere
[Bry]nge vs to his heuene so hyee
Note: Imperfect: 636 lines and a prologue of 24 lines, beg. ‘Lystyns lordyngs bothe grete & smale / And takis gude tente what I will saye…’; ff. 152, 153 torn.
Attributed Author: Tomas Off Ersseldoune (f. 149v); Explicit Thomas Of Erseledownne (f. 153v)
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
Murray, J. A. H., ed. The Romance and Prophecies of Thomas of Erceldoune EETS 61 o.s. 61 (1875); repr. 1987.
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.: 1.81.
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: no. 37, App., 1.326-94 (prologue and prophecies omitted).
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Thomas of Erceldoune. Sammlung Englischer Denkmäler in Kritischen Ausgaben. Bnd. 2. Berlin: Weidmann, 1880: 2.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 72-80.
Nixon, Ingeborg, ed. Thomas of Erceldoune. 2 vols. Publications of the Department of English, University of Copenhagen 9/1-2. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 1980-1983.
Dunn, Charles W., and Edward T. Byrnes, eds. Middle English Literature. New York, 1973; 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1990: 496-503.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17841.7. Merlin, The whole prophesie of Scotland, England, & somepart of France, and Denmark, Waldegrave, 1603 [not pr. by Waldegrave, possibly a London piracy]
Editions:
Laing, David, ed. Collection of Ancient Scottish Prophecies. Bannatyne Club 44. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, 1833: 18.