The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3231
IMEV 1979
NIMEV 1979
Lord thou king of glory
Richard Coer de Lion — 7262 lines in couplets
Title(s): Richard Coer de Lion
Subjects: romances
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Merton College 23.b.6 [Ker Pastedowns 919]: this is fragment of Robert Manning’s Chronicle; see 3253.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 228 (SC 21802), f. 1
Note: Fragment: lines 269-6590.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 175/96, pp. 1a-98b
First Lines:
Lord thu kyng off glorye
Whyche grace & uyctorye…
Last Lines:
…And hys soule reste & roo
And oure soules whene we come þer to
Note: 7136 lines; basic text.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit uita Ricardi regis primi (p. 1)
Brunner, Karl. Der mittelenglische Versroman über Richard Löwenherz. Wiener Beiträge 42. Vienna: Braümuller, 1913.
Weber, Henry William. Metrical Romances of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries. 3 vols. Edinburgh: A. Carstalle, 1810: 2.278.
3.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2862 [olim Sutherland, Trentham Hall], ff. 1-44v
First Lines:
…He made his clothes and his tresoure
[] was =þat for [ ]…
Last Lines:
… To Olyuete and to Nazareth well
To Iaffys and to Maiden Castel…
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly; lines 1847-7124. First several leaves illegible due to water damage, first lines above are from f. 4; ends incomplete at bottom of f. 44v.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 4690, ff. 109-118
First Lines:
That itte was Richarde the kingge
He wende he hadde be att Salesbury…
Last Lines:
…That hath owse grevedd full sore
On a seynt Iames day verament
Note: Fragment: 1608 lines.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], ff. 125-163
Note: Variant: vv. 6380; vv. 6315-6604 missing, and other leaves mutilated.
6.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], ff. 326ra-327vb
First Lines:
Lord Ihesu king of glorie
Swiche auentour & swiche victorie…
Last Lines:
…Wel mani kniȝt du[ ] es dede
After him priked on her nede…
Note: Lines 1-168 and 2783-2957, first 24 lines in 12-line stanzas aabccbddbeeb, then couplets. Two other fragments from this MS are now Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 218 and St Andrews, St Andrews University Library PR2065.R4 (see below).
Attributed Title: King Richard (f. 326ra)
Pearsall, Derek, and I. C. Cunningham, eds. The Auchinleck Manuscript. National Library of Scotland Advocates’ MS. 19.2.1. London: Scolar Press, 1977.
7.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 218, Div. LVI
First Lines:
[ ] wel stille
[ ] mel wille…
Last Lines:
…Our cristen men [ ]
erles [ ]
Note: Two fragments, originally in Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], between ff. 326vb and 327ra; lines 1753-1928 and 2593-2782.
Attributed Title: King Richard (f. 326ra)
Laing, David, and William Barclay David Donald Turnbull, eds. Owain Miles &c. Edinburgh, 1837.
Kölbing, Eugen. “Kleine Publicationen aus der Auckinleck-HS: III. Zwei Fragmente von King Richard.” Englische Studien 8 (1885): 115-19: 115-19.
8.Source: London, College of Arms, HDN 58 58 [olim Arundel 58], f. 250
Note: Variant: imperfect; has prose interpolations.
9.Source: St Andrews, St Andrews University Library PR2065.R4, f. 250
First Lines:
Couþe [ ] as w[ ]þ
[ ]al [ ]…
Last Lines:
…No no of al mi barnage
No schal þe neuer don om
Note: Two fragments, originally in Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], between ff. 326vb and 327ra; lines 1753-1928 and 2593-2782.
Attributed Title: King Richard (f. 326ra)
Smithers, G. V. “Two Newly-Discovered Fragments from the Auchinleck Manuscript.” Medium Ævum 18 (1949): 1-11: 3-11.
10.Source: Badminton, Duke of Beaufort MS 704.1.16
Note: Fragment; see Davis (1969), for an extensive study of this fragment. Contains lines 2732-2772; 2852-90; 2891-930; 2931-68; and on the fourth side, ‘two columns, the first beginning at line 2969, the second at 3007, each containing apparently 40 lines though many of those lower on the page cannot now be read’ (Davis 1969, p. 448).

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 21007. Rycharde cuer du lyon, Kynge, [Enprynted at London: In ye Fletestrete at the sygne of the sonne by wynkyn de worde, prynter vnto the moost excellent pryncesse my lady the kynges moder, In the yere of our lorde god. M.CCCCC. ix. [1509]]