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What weens King Edward with his long shanks
Scots’ abuse of Edward I at Berwick — five lines
Note: Found in many chronicles and in most MSS of the prose Brut. Cf. 4372.
Subjects: Edward I; chronicles, verse in; Scots, insults by, against the English
Versification: — five-line — aabcb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson B.171 (SC 11539), f. 107
Transcription:
Wenes kyng Edward wiþ his longe shankes
forto wyn berwik al oure vnþankes
gas pikes him
and when he haþ hit gas diche him
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.2.14, f. 152
Transcription:
Wende kynge Edwarde with his longe shankes
to haue goten Berwike alle oure vnthankes
gas pikes hym
and when he hath goten hit
gas dikes hym
Note: In the prose Brut, rubric as heading, written as prose.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 266, f. 6
Transcription:
Wend king Edewarde wiþ his lange shankes
To haue gete Berwyke al our vnthankes
gas pikes hym
and whenne has gas dikes hym
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 396D, f. 133
Transcription:
Wenyst þu Edward for all þi longe shankes
ffor to gete Barwyke aȝenst owre thankis
Garre pike hym and dyke hym
Note: In the prose Brut, rubric as heading, written as verse.
5.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 530, f. 130
Transcription:
Weneþe kyng Edward with hees lange shankes
ffor to wynne Berewyk al oure vnthankes
ga pyke him
and leet him
ga dyke him
Note: Written as prose.
6.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 587, f. 130
Transcription:
Wende kynge Edwarde with his longe shankis
to haue grete Berewik all oure vnthankys
Gas pikes him
And whanne he hath done
Gas dikes hym
Note: Written as prose; ‘done’ added by later hand.
7.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 766, ff. 123-123v
Transcription:
What wenys kyng Edward with his lang shankis
To haue wonne Berwik all ouer vnthankys
Gaas pykis hym
And whan he hath it
Gaas dykis hym
Note: In Fabyan’s Chronicle.
8.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Richardson 35, f. 58ra
Transcription:
Wende kyng Edwarde With his lange shankes
To haue gete Berwyke Alle oure vnthankes
Gas pyket hym
And after þat
Gas dyke hym
Note: In prose Brut; written as verse.
9.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 494, f. 67va
Transcription:
What wende king Edward wiþ his lange shankes
forto geten Berwyk alle oure vnþankes
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose, in rubric.
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 131 [olim Buccleuch, Quaritch Cats. 303, 304], f. 81
Transcription:
Wenes king Edwarde wyth hys long shankes
To haue gete Berwyk all our vnthankes
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose, with virgules to mark line breaks.
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 136 [olim Phillipps 8858], f. 78
Transcription:
Wende kynge Edward wyth his longe shankes
To haue gete Berewyke all our vnthankes
Gas pikes hym
And when he hath
Gas dikes hym
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 113 [olim Phillipps 8857], f. 83rb
Transcription:
Wend kyng Edward with his long shankis
hav got berwik al our vnþonkis
Go pik him
When þee hav it
go dike him
Note: In prose Brut; written as prose, in rubric.
13.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 12 [Dawsons of Pall Mall, Catalogue 103, item 3, 1970], f. 104v
Transcription:
Wende kyng Edwarde with his long shankes
Haue gote Berwyke all our vnthankes
Gas pyke him
And when he has doun gas dyke him
Note: Written as three verse lines, underscored in rubric.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 9991. Chronicles of England, Caxton, 1480
2.Source: STC 9992. [Chronicles of England], [London: Enprynted by me William Caxton in thabbey of Westme[n]stre by london, fynysshed, and accomplysshed the, viij, day of October, the yere of the incatnacyon of our lord God, M,CCCC,lxxxij and in the xxii yere of the regne of Kyng Edward the fourth [1482]]
3.Source: STC 9993. And for he myght nought spede of his enemies so as…, [London: W. de Machlinia, 1486]
4.Source: STC 9994. Cronycles of the londe of Englo[n]d, [Enpre[n]tyd in the Duchye of Braband in the towne of Andewarpe: In the yere of owr lord. M.cccc.xciij. By maistir Gerard de leew. a man of grete wysedom in all maner of ku[n]nyng: whych nowe is come from lyfe vnto the deth, which is grete harme for many a poure man, [1493]]
5.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 398.
6.Source: STC 10659. Fabyan, Robert , New Chronicles of Englande and of Fraunce, Pynson, 1533
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The New Chronicles of England and France in Two Parts. repr. of Robert Fabyan, New Chronicles, Pynson 1516 (STC 10659). London: Rivington, 1811: 398.
7.Source: STC 20724. Rastell, John, The pastyme of people The cronycles of dyuers realmys and most specyally of the realme of Englond breuely co[m]pylyd [and] empryntyd in chepesyde at the sygne of the mearemayd next to pollys gate. Cum priuilegio, [London: Printed by John Rastell, 1530?]
Editions:
Riley, Henry Thomas, ed. Willelmi Rishanger, quondam Monachi S. Albani, et quorundam anonymorum, Chronica et Annales Regnantibus Henrico Tertio et Edwardo Primo, A.D. 1259 - 1307. Rolls Series 28b (1865); repr. Kraus, 1983 [listed as ‘Rishanger’ in Robbins and Cutler (1965)]: 2.373.
Wright, Thomas. Essays on Subjects Connected with the Literature, Popular Superstitions, and History of England in the Middle Ages. London: J. R. Smith, 1846: 2.261.
Brie, Friedrich, ed. The Brut, or the Chronicles of England. EETS o.s. 131 (1906), 136 (1908); repr. 1987: 189.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. “More Lost Literature in Old and Middle English.” Leeds Studies in English 5 (1936): 1-49: 43.
Wilson, Richard Middlewood. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952: 208.
Bad Key: Legge1963: 353.
8.Source: STC 10660. Fabyan, Robert , Fabyans cronycle newly prynted, wyth the cronycle, actes, and dedes done in the tyme of the reygne of the moste excellent prynce kynge Henry the vii. father vnto our most drad souerayne lord kynge Henry the .viii. To whom be all honour, reuere[n]ce, and ioyfull contynaunce of his prosperous reygne, to the pleasure of god and weale of this his realme amene, Prentyd at London: by wyllyam Rastell, 1533 [31 Dec.]
9.Source: STC 10661. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by [R. Grafton for] William Bonham dwellyng at ye sygne of the kyng his armes in Paules churcheyarde, [1542]
10.Source: STC 10662. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabyan whiche he hym selfe nameth the concordaunce of historyes, nowe newely printed, [and] in many places corrected, as to the dylygent reader it may apere. 1542. Cum priuilegio ad imprimendum solum, [London]: Printed by Iohn Reynes, dwellynge at the sygne of saynte George in Pauls churcheyarde, [1542] , sig. 11.vrb
Transcription:
What wenys kyng Edward with his long shankes
To haue wonne Berwike all our vnthankes
Gaas pykes hym
And when he hath it
Gaas dykes hym
11.Source: STC 10663. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabian, whiche he nameth the concordaunce of histories, newly perused. And continued from the beginnyng of Kyng Henry the seuenth, to thende of Queene Mary., [London]: 1559. Mense Aprilis. Imprinted at London, by Ihon Kyngston, [1559 (April)]
12.Source: STC 10664. Fabyan, Robert , The chronicle of Fabian whiche he nameth the concordaunce of histories, newly perused. And continued from the beginnyng of Kyng Henry the seuenth, to thende of Queene Mary., [London]: 1559. Mense Aprilis. Imprinted at London, by Ihon Kyngston, [1559 (April)]