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DIMEV 4861
IMEV 3117
NIMEV 3117
Sir David the Bruce was at a distance
Laurence Minot, The Battle of Neville’s Cross — 66 long lines mainly in 6-line monorhyming stanzas
Author(s): Laurence Minot
Title(s): The Battle of Neville’s Cross
Subjects: historical poems; Neville’s Cross, battle of
Versification: — 66 long lines in groups ranging from a couplet to six mono-rhyming lines; written as short lines in which even-numbered lines rhyme, abcb to abcbdbebfbgb — alliteration, aaaaaa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, f. 56ra-56vb
First Lines:
Sir Dauid þe bruse
Was at distance
When Edward þe baliolfe
rade with his lance
þe north end of ingland
teched him to daunce…
Last Lines:
…þare louted þai law
and leued allane
þus was dauid þe Bruse
into þe toure tane
Attributed Title: Sir dauid had of his men grete loss / with sir Edward at þe neuil cross (rubric, by scribe, f. 56ra)
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