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IMEV 52
NIMEV 52
A king out of the North shall come
‘Marlin’s prophecy’ — forty-nine lines in couplets
Subjects: Merlin; prophesies
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 88 (SC 9914), f. 252v
First Lines:
A kinge out of the North shall come
Kinge borne babe crownd his brest vppon…
Last Lines:
…Shall foile his foe then cruell death
Shall take a way his aged breath
Note: Written by a hand of the seventeenth century.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 88 (SC 9914), f. 253
First Lines:
A prince out of the North shall come
Kinge borne crownd babe his brest vpon…
Last Lines:
…duringe which time he is in one hower
of East and West crownd emperowr…
Note: Written by a hand of the seventeenth century; ends imperfectly because bottom of folio cropped; a seventeenth-century transcript is London, British Library Harley 7332, f. 28
Attributed Title: Merlins prophecy (f. 253v)