The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1934
IMEV 1184
NIMEV 1184
Hende in hall an ye will hear / Of elders that before us were
Sir Isumbras — in 12-line stanzas (aabccbddbeeb)
Note: crit. text: Schleich (1901), (804 lines).
Title(s): Sir Isumbras
Subjects: romances
Versification: — twelve-line? — aabccbddbeeb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 9-16v
First Lines:
[H]ende in halle & ȝe schall here
of elders þat be fforn vs were
There lyues how þat dyde lede
I schall ȝow telle A wonder case…
Last Lines:
…And to heuen yer saules wente
When yi dede were
Note: 722 lines.
Attributed Title: ysombras (f. 9)
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 39-59; 432-7; 599-600.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 261 (SC 21835), ff. 1-7v
First Lines:
LOrdynges lysten and youe shall heare
Of elders that before vs weare…
Last Lines:
…By that he had hym armure dight
All that longed to a knyght
Note: Mid-sixteenth-century transcript of an early print.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the hystorye of the valyaunte knyght Syr Isenbras (f. 1)
Schleich, Gustav, ed. Sir Ysumbras: Eine englische Romanze des 14 Jahrhunderts, im Aschluss an die vorarbeiten J. Zuupitza. Palaestra 15. Berlin: Mayer & Müller, 1901: (critical edition; 804 lines).
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Malone 941 (printed) [Launfal fragments], ff. 9v; 9
First Lines:
[That false S]ow[dan for to yelde]
[For the wo] that he hy[m wrought]
[Syr Isenbr]as [al]one [vp stode]
[Ryght e]ger was he o[f mode]…
Last Lines:
…[I shall thee make a knyg]ht
[In a nonry they dyd hy]m leue
Note: Lines 427-440, 459-471; very defective.
Zupitza, Julius. “Zum Sir Isumbras.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 88 (1891): 72-3: 72-3.
4.Source: Oxford, University College 142, f. 128
All þat wyllyn þys romonse here
Of lordes þat be fore ous were
and leued here yn lede
Ihesu þat ys heuen kyng
So grant ham all hys bessyng [sic]
and heuene to here mede
I woll now tell of a knyȝt
þat was herdy man and wytȝ
and duȝty of hys dede
hys name was syr Isambras
So duȝty a knyȝt as he was
leuand none in lede
þat myȝt with hym with oute fayll
In tuement ne In baytayll
to usten opno [sic] a stede
he was a man of muchel strang
With schuldres brode and armus a lang…
Note: Added to originally blank flyleaf at end of volume, by hand of s. xv; a fragment, lines 1-17.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. “A Passage from Sir Isumbras.” Englische Studien 48 (1915): 329: 329.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 175/96, pp. 98b-107b
First Lines:
Hende in halle & ȝe wole here
Off eldres þat be fore vs were…
Last Lines:
…Geue vs ay hys blessyng
And schylde vs from care
Attributed Title: Hic incipit de milite Ysumbras (p. 98b); Explicit ser ysumbras (p. 107b)
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. “A Passage from Sir Isumbras.” Englische Studien 48 (1915): 329: 329.
Hudson, Harriet, ed. Four Middle English Romances: Sir Isumbras, Octavian, Sir Eglamour of Artois, Sir Tryamour. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1996. 2nd ed. 2006.
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 130ra-134rb
First Lines:
God þat made both erþe & heuene
And all þis worlde in deyes seuene
That is full of myȝthe
Sende vs alle his blessynge
Lasse & more olde & ȝynge
And kepe vs day & nyȝte
I wyll ȝou tell of a knyȝte…
Last Lines:
…Graunte vs all þy blessynge
ffor now & euer more
Note: With variant first stanza (6 lines) and this version in 6-line stanzas aabccb; ends ‘Amen’ at end of last line and ‘Explicit’ beneath last line, f. 134rb.
Attributed Title: Isumbras (in upper margin, f. 13), and as RT on verso leaves thereafter); Isumbras (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
7.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 48-56v
First Lines:
Hynd in hall yf ye wyll here
Of elders þat be for hus were…
Last Lines:
…he grant vs all his blessyng
Now and euer more Amen
Attributed Title: Explicit quod heeg (f. 56v); Sir ysumbras (RT)
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
8.Source: London, Gray’s Inn 20, f. 228
First Lines:
…we axy hem some [mete]
ȝf we mouwe [any] gete…
Last Lines:
…[Sche] sayde lord by char[yte]
[A bowne þat þou wold graunt me]
Wiþoute [any] dwellyng…
Note: A single sheet bound in as flyleaf at the rear, foliated in pencil as ‘228’, lines 226-330.
D’Evelyn, Charlotte. “The Gray’s Inn Fragment of Sir Ysumbras.” Englische Studien 52 (1918): 72-6: 73-6.
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 109rb-114va
First Lines:
Ihesu christ lorde of heuene kynge
Graunte vs alle his dere blyssynge
And heuene vn to oure mede
Now hende in haule & ȝe wolde here…
Last Lines:
…Praye we now to heuen es kynge
he gyffe vs alle his dere blyssynge
Nowe and euer mare Amen Amen
Explicit sir ysambrace
Note: 794 lines.
Attributed Title: Here begynnes the romance off sir ysambrace (f. 109rb)
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. The Thornton Romances: The Early English Metrical Romances of Perceval, Isumbras, Eglamour, and Degrevant. Camden Society o.s. 30 (1844); repr. F.S. Ellis, Kelmscott Press, 1897: 88-120.
Ellis, Frederick Startridge, ed. Sir Isumbras. Hammersmith: Kelmscott, 1897: (Halliwell text).
10.Source: Naples, Bibl. Nazionale, Naples XIII.B.29, pp. 114a-115a
First Lines:
[H]e þat made beþe hevyn & erthe
& al þis worlde in daies seuyn…
Last Lines:
…our frend of vs shulle be Iirch
ouer londe y rede we fare
Note: Fragment: 122 lines.
Kölbing, Eugen. “Das Neapler Fragment von Sir Isumbras.” Englische Studien 3 (1880): 92-105, 273-334: 200-2.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.67.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 14280.5. The hystory of Syr Isembras, [J. Skot, c. 1530]
2.Source: STC 14280.7. The hystory of Syr Isembras, [P. Treveris, c. 1530]
3.Source: STC 14281. The hystory of Syr Isembras, [c. 1560]
4.Source: STC 14282. The history of the Valyent Knyght, Syr Isenbras, Copland, [c. 1565?]
Note: 5 leaves; now British Library C 21c61, Garrick Collection.
Utterson, Edward Vernon. Select Pieces of Early English Popular Poetry. London: Davison, 1817: 1.77-112.