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Why war and wrack in land
Þe simonie, on the Evil Times of the reign of Edward II — in 6-line stanzas including wheel and bob
Note: For a later redaction see 3248.
Title(s): The Simonie
Subjects: Edward II; evils of the times; historical poems; satires; simony
Versification: — six-line — aabbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 48 (SC 1885), ff. 325v-330v
Note: 414 lines, including 114 lines not found in other witnesses; two leaves missing between ff. 325-326.
Editions:
Ross, Thomas W. “On the Evil Times of Edward II. A new version from Ms Bodley 48.” Anglia 75 (1957): 173-93: 177.
Ross, Thomas W. A Satire of Edward II’s England. Colorado College Studies 8. Colorado Springs: Colorado College, 1966: 17 (comparative text).
Embree, Dan, and Elizabeth Urquhart, eds. The Simonie: A Parallel Text Edition ed. from MSS Advocates 19.2.1, Bodley 48, and Peterhouse College 104. Middle English Texts 24. Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag: Hedelberg, 1991.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Peterhouse 104, ff. 210rb-212ra
First Lines:
Why werre & wrake in londe & manslaugter ys y come
Why honger & derthe on erthe þe þoure hath euer nome…
Last Lines:
…& hongre & pestilence in ech lond as ȝe mow ofte here
ouer al
but if we mande vs it wil wel wers be fal
Note: Expanded version: 468 lines; ends imperfectly at line 392 of Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS].
Editions:
Hardwick, Charles. A Poem on the times of Edward II Percy Society 28. London: Richard, 1849.
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 184-201.
Ross, Thomas W. A Satire of Edward II’s England. Colorado College Studies 8. Colorado Springs: Colorado College, 1966: 17 (comparative text).
Embree, Dan, and Elizabeth Urquhart, eds. The Simonie: A Parallel Text Edition ed. from MSS Advocates 19.2.1, Bodley 48, and Peterhouse College 104. Middle English Texts 24. Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag: Hedelberg, 1991.
Embree, Dan, and Elizabeth Urquhart, eds. The Simonie: A Parallel Text Edition ed. from MSS Advocates 19.2.1, Bodley 48, and Peterhouse College 104. Middle English Texts 24. Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag: Hedelberg, 1991.
3.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 328-334v
First Lines:
Whii werre and wrake in londe and manslauht is icome
Whii hungger and derþe on eorþe þe pore haþ vndernome…
Last Lines:
…But bi seint Iame of galice þat many man haþ souht
Þe pilory and þe cucking stol beþ imad fot noht
Note: 476 lines.
Facsimiles:
Pearsall, Derek, and I. C. Cunningham, eds. The Auchinleck Manuscript. National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 19.2.1. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Political Songs of England. Camden Society o.s. 6 (1839): 323-45.
Meyer, Paul. “Mélanges de poésie anglo-normande.” Romania 4 (1875): 370-97: 387 (extract).
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 184-201.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 359-62 (lines 1-174 only).
Ross, Thomas W. A Satire of Edward II’s England. Colorado College Studies 8. Colorado Springs: Colorado College, 1966: 17 (comparative text).