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A bastard shall come out of the west
‘When England shall be Britain’, a political prophecy — one cross-rhymed quatrain
Note: An extract from 620, Thomas of Erceldoune’s Prophecy. See Murray (1875).
Subjects: prophecies, political
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 26 [olim Hengwrt 133], p. 117
Transcription:
A bastar schall come owt of the west…
2.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Llanstephan 53 [olim Sherburn E.1], p. 513
3.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 94 [olim Hengwrt 412], p. 262
Transcription:
a bastard shall come out of [the west]
in south England borne shalbe
yn [sic] shall wyn the grey for the [b]est
and then this land Brytaen shalbe.
Note: Damaged, text partially illegible
Editions:
Weiskott, Eric. “An Overlooked Excerpt from Thomas of Erceldoune.” Notes & Queries 63 (2016): 18-19: 18.