The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2813
IMEV 1681
NIMEV 1681
Jesu Christ in Trinity / Only God and persons three
The Earl of Toulous — in 12-line stanzas (aabccbddbeeb)
Title(s): The Earl of Toulous
Subjects: romances; lais, Breton
Versification: — twelve-line? — aabccbddbeeb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 27v-38v
First Lines:
Ihesu cryst in trinite
O god And persons thre
Gyff vs wele to spede
And gyff vs grace so to do…
Last Lines:
…Graunte vs All þi blyssing
Amen for charyte
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 83-111; 466-71; 603-5.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 45, Part I (SC 6926), ff. 3-31v
First Lines:
Iesu Crist in trinite
only god in persons thre
Graunte vs well to spede
And geve vs grace so to do…
Last Lines:
…There to haue our dwellyng
Amen Amen for charite
Note: Lines 1224. In the large flourished initial J is written the name of the scribe ‘ mo-rga-nus’. At the end on F 31v is the date: ‘Anno M. D.’ followed by ‘sic transit gloria mundi’.
Attributed Title: The Story of the Erle of Tolous (f. 2)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 63ra-70vb
First Lines:
Ihesu cryste yn trynyte
Oonly god & persons thre…
Last Lines:
…There to haue owre wonnyng
Amen Amen for charytee
Note: 1218 lines.
Attributed Title: here foloweth the Erle of Tolous (f. 63); Here endyth the Erle of Tollous (f. 70vb)
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient English Metrical Romances. 3 vols. London, 1802; rev. Edmund Goldsmid and repr. Edinburgh: Goldlsmid, 1884: 3.93-144.
French, Walter Hoyt, and Charles Brockway Hale. Middle English Metrical Romances. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1930: 383.
Laskaya, Anna, and Eve Salisbury, eds. The Middle English Breton Lays. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1995: 309-65.
4.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 114vb-122ra
First Lines:
Ihesu criste god and lorde in trynyte
Onely god and persones thre…
Last Lines:
…And in þat fyre he þam brent
Bothe þaire fleshce & þaire bones…
Note: Ends imperfectly on f. 122, most of which is torn away.
Attributed Title: Here bygynnes þe Romance off Dyoclicyane þe Emperour & þe Erle Berade of Tholous And of þe Emprice Beaulilione By gray Espoyere xix (f. 144vb)
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Lüdtke, Gustav Otto Daniel, ed. The Erl of Tolous and the Emperes of Almayn. Sammlung Englischer Denkmäler 3\. Berlin: Weidmann, 1881; repr. Zurich: Weidmann, 1970: crit. text.