The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5432
IMEV 3445.5
The Percy out of Northumberland and a vow to God made he
The Hunting of the Cheviot — in two parts, 25 and 45 cross-rhymed quatrains
Note: For its later variant see 1577; for a poem of an earlier border raid from which several stanzas are borrowed see 2713.
Title(s): The Hunting of the Cheviot
Subjects: historical poems; ballads
Versification: — four-line — abcb

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 48 (SC 6933), ff. 15v-18
First Lines:
The perse owt off Northombarlonde and a vowe to god mayd he
That he wold hunte in the mowntayns off chyviat with In days iij
In the magger of doughte dogles & all that euer with him be
The fattiste harts In all cheviat he sayd he wold kyll and carry them away…
Last Lines:
…Ihesus Crist our ballys bete & to the blys vs bringe
Thus was the hountynge of the chivyat god send vs all good endyng
Note: At the end on f. 18: ‘Expliceth quoth Rychard Sheale’.
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Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Ballads, with other Short Poems, chiefly of the Reign of Philip and Mary. Roxburghe Club 78. London: Nicholas, 1860: 24-8.
See Morris and Skeat (1882): 67.
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Arber, Edward. The Dunbar Anthology, 1401-1508. London, New York: Frowde, 1901: 63-8.
Leach, Edward, ed. The Ballad Book. New York: Harper, 1955: 447-54.
Hodgart, Matthew, ed. The Faber Book of Ballads. London: Faber & Faber, 1965: 96.
Arngart, Olof Sigrid. Two English Border Ballads: The Battle of Otterburn, Hunting of the Cheviot. Acta Universitatis Lundensis, Sectio 1, Theologica, juridica, humaniora 18. Lund: Gleerup, 1973.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 407-13.
Arngart, Olof Sigrid. “The Hunting of the Cheviot Ballad.” English Studies 72 (1991): 401-13 [a reconstructed text].
Perret, Xavier, ed. “An Annotated Text of ‘The Battle of the Cheviot’ with a French Rendition.” English Studies 86 (2005): 1-39: 12-34.