The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2596
IMEV 1541
NIMEV 1541
In the chieftime of Charles that chosen chieftain
The Taill of Rauf Coilȝear — 975 lines in 13-line stanzas
Title(s): The Taill of Rauf Coilȝear
Subjects: romances
Versification: — thirteen-line, alliterative — ababababcdddc

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5487. The Taill of Rauf Coilzear how he harbreit King charlis, Lekpreuik, 1572 , sigs. A.2-D.4
First Lines:
IN the chieftyme of Charlis that chosin Chiftane
Thair fell ane ferlyfull flan within they fellis voyde
Quhair Empreouris and Erlis and vther mony ane
Turnit fra Sanct Thomas befoir the Ȝule tyde…
Last Lines:
…Euer mair perpetually
In the Name of Sanct Iuly
That all that wantis harbery
Suld haue gestning
Note: No MS extant.
Attributed Title: Heir beginnis the taill of Rauf coilȝear how he harbreit King charlis (sig. A.1)
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Tonndorf, M., ed. The Taill of Rauf Coilyear. Berlin: Vogt, 1894.
Browne, William Hand, ed. The Taill of Rauf Coilyear. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1903.
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