The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1793
IMEV 1112
NIMEV 1112
Harkeneth speeches of many kind things
Prophecia de Merlyn’: The prophecy of the six kings to follow King John — 278 lines in short couplets
Note: Cf. French texts in Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1, f. 120; London, British Library Cotton Julius A.V, f. 177v; London, British Library Harley 746; Latin texts in London, British Library Cotton Vespasian E.VII, f. 89, abridged, and London, British Library Harley 6148.
Title(s): Prophecia de Merlyn
Subjects: Merlin; prophecies, political; Henry IV, attack on
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton 56 (SC 4062), ff. 43-45
First Lines:
Herkyns spechis of mankyn thyng
Of grete ferly & wondryng…
Last Lines:
…Wele awey shull men sey þan aldir moste
As stepchidren þat aren for loste
Note: Variant, 136 lines. On f. 43 before the start of the poem in the same hand: ‘John Ermyte’.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 49rb-50vb
First Lines:
Herkenes speches of manikyn thinges
Of gret ferlys & of mani kynges…
Last Lines:
…þus sall þe ayres of ingland kinde
pas out of heritage als we here finde
Attributed Title: Here bigins prophecies of Merlin (rubric, by scribe, f. 49rb); Explicit prophesia de Merlyn (below last line, by scribe, f. 50vb).
Hall, Joseph. The Poems of Laurence Minot. Oxford: Clarendon, 1887; rev. ed., 1914: 103-11.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 559, ff. 45-47v
Note: Variant, 141 lines.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17841.7. Merlin, The whole prophesie of Scotland, England, & somepart of France, and Denmark, Waldegrave, 1603 [not pr. by Waldegrave, possibly a London piracy]
Note: Further prints, Edinburgh 1615, 1617, 1639: STC 17841.9, 17842, 17842.3; still further Edinburgh 1714, 1718, 1745.
Laing, David, ed. Collection of Ancient Scottish Prophecies. Bannatyne Club 44. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, 1833.