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Black beth thy banks thy ripes also
Verses appended to Hardyng’s Chronicle (1174), on the four infernal rivers surrounding a castle (the devil’s fortress) in a map of Scotland (equated with Hades) — three stanzas rhyme royal based on 855
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; illustrations, verse accompanying; Scotland
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 10 (SC 3356), f. 185
First Lines:
Blak be thy bankes and thy Ripes also
Thow sorowfulo se ful of stremes blak…
Last Lines:
…The souner must they meked be and tamed
Wilde hawkes to hand than hennys rather be reclaimed
Editions:
Peterson, Clifford. “John Harding and Geoffrey of Monmouth: Two Unrecorded Poems and a Manuscript.” Notes and Queries n.s. 27 [225] (1980): 202-4: 202-3.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 661, f. 188
First Lines:
Blak been thi bankes and thi ripes also
Thou sorowfull see full of stremys blak…
Last Lines:
…The soner muste þei be meked & tamed
Wilde haukes to hande þan hennys raþer been reclaymed
Note: Appended to Hardyng’s Chronicle above and within a drawing of a castle, all ritten in rubric.
Editions:
Ellis, Sir Henry, ed. The Chronicle of John Hardyng. London: Rivington, 1812: 419-20.
3.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 1054, f. 138
First Lines:
Blak beth bankes and þe Rypes Also
Thow sorowfull se ful of stremes blak
Wher Pluto kynge of helles regneth in wo
In hys palais of pride with bostes and crak…
Last Lines:
…Þe souner must thay meked be and tamed
Wilde hawkes to hand þan hennys þe raþer be reclamed
Note: Second and third stanzas written as prose.