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When thunder cometh in January
Prognostications from the amount of thunder in the months of the year — twelve quatrains in couplets
Subjects: prognostications
Versification: — four-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 9v-10v
First Lines:
When thonder comeþ in Ianeuere
Þou shalt haue þat ilke ȝere
Myche frute and gret werre
Of folk þat life vnder sterre…
Last Lines:
…We shal þorow þe grace of owre Lorde
Haue pees and gyrþe goode acorde
Note: Headings for each stanza, e.g. ‘Janeuere sol in aquario’ for first.
Attributed Title: Here sueth a tabull of diuerse moneth in the ȝere If thonder be herd in theym what it betokeneth After her seyng that ar holdyn wyse men of soch thyngus (f. 9v)
Editions:
Förster, Max. “Beiträge zur mittelalterlichen Volkskunde, VI-VII.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 128 (1912): 55-71; 285-308: 285-7.
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 19-21.
2.Source: Durham, Durham Cathedral Library B.III.34, dorso
First Lines:
Wan [thonder] comes in ianuari
þan is [ ] ilk [ ]…
Last Lines:
…Pray we alle þat it so be
Amen amen for carite
Note: 29 couplets, two for each month except July with three, plus an eight-line conclusion; names of the months in rubric to right of each 4-line grouping.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 212-212v
First Lines:
When þe thoner cummes in Ianuere
þen schall we haue þat ilke ȝere
Mecull fryutte & ille weyre
Of folke þat ben vnstere…
Last Lines:
…& corne shall wax a parti dere
hongur betokens þe wext ȝere
Note: Five quatrains, rhyming aabb, for first five months, interspersed with 5489, 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.