The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6434
IMEV 4029
NIMEV 4029
When the cock in the north hath built his nest
The First Scottish Prophecy — in alliterative cross-rhymed quatrains
Note: For a later adaptation see London, British Library Addit. 28789, f. 239v, pr. Hales and Furnivall (1867), 3.372-73; composite editions: Brandl (1909), 1166; Haferkorn (1932), 109.
Title(s): The First Scottish Prophecy
Subjects: prophecies, political; political poems
Versification: — four-line — abab, alliteration

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lyell 35, ff. 26-27
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.5, Part IV, ff. 25-27
First Lines:
QVen the koke in the northe halows his nest
And buskes his birdys and buirnys to slee
þan shall fortune…
Last Lines:
…Wyght a wykede womane woo mytht sho bee
Scho has closede him in a gragge of cornwales coste
Note: 139 lines.
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. Bernardus De Cura Rei Famuliaris, with some early Scottish Prophecies. EETS o.s. 42 (1870); repr. 1965: 18-22.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 249/277, ff. 227v-228
First Lines:
When þe cokke in þe north has bylde hys neste
And gedyrde hys byrdys and buskyth hym to fle₀
Last Lines:
…He schall ende holy in goddes lawe
And in þe vale off Iosaphath beriede schall he be
Note: 40 lines.
Attributed Author: Explicit Quod doctor herrysoun (f. 228)
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 24663, ff. 13v-17v
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Rolls II 23, Art. 8
First Lines:
When the cocke in the Northe hath bilde his nest
And buskith his briddes and betrays hem to fle…
Last Lines:
…But he shall ende in goddes lawe
And in Iosephath beryed he shall be
Note: 75 lines.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 115.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 559, f. 43v
Note: 76 lines.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 1717, ff. 249vb-250rb
First Lines:
Quen þe kokke in þe north byggis his nest
And buskis his bryddis & bownis thaym to flye…
Last Lines:
…Then he shall ende in cristis lawe
And in Iesephath buryet shall be
Note: 72 lines.
Hermentrude, . “Notes on Fly Leaves.” Notes and Queries 3rd ser. 8 (1865): 326-7: 326.
8.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 762, f. 62
Note: 81 lines; part of 365.
9.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1802, f. 7
10.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, ff. 15v-17
11.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2578, ff. 100v-102
Note: Part of 365.
12.Source: London, British Library Sloane 4031, f. 189v
Note: 80 lines.
13.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 26 [olim Hengwrt 133], pp. 39-41
14.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 50, pp. 1-3
15.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 58, p. 18
16.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Brogyntyn ii.1 [olim Porkington 10], ff. 192-193v
17.Source: London, Westminster Abbey 27, f. 85ra-85rb
First Lines:
When þe cok in þe north hathe biggid his nest
& gadird his birdis & buskith him to flee…
Last Lines:
…Right schal he mak in goddis lawe
In iosephat beried right schal he be Amen
18.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 516, ff. 114-115v
First Lines:
When þe koc in þe northe hath helde his nest
And baskes his byrdes & bownes þayn to fle…
Last Lines:
…But he schal ende in goddis lawe
And in Iosophat schal he buryd be
Note: 8 lines, in 19 cross-rhymed quatrains, the earlier ones alliterative, with two lines repeated and then crossed out; preceded by 6436.
19.Source: Oslo and London, Schøyen Collection 1677/2 [olim Phillipps (single leaf), sold Sotheby’s, London, 21-2 June 1993, lot 49]
First Lines:
And to the lyon be [ ]
Bothe the pycard & the pye shall suffre the [ ]…
Last Lines:
…But he shall ende in goddys lawe
And in Josephat buried be
Note: Fragment; lines 34-40, 70-76. One leaf, rb-va.
Attributed Author: Explicit Assheldon
Griffiths, Jeremy, and Irma Taavitsainen. “An Unrecorded Copy of The First Scottish Prophecy in Middle English Verse from the Library of Sir Thomas Phillipps.” Notes and Queries 45 (1998): 432-4: 433-4.

Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 17841.7. Merlin, The whole prophesie of Scotland, England, & somepart of France, and Denmark, Waldegrave, 1603 [not pr. by Waldegrave, possibly a London piracy]
Laing, David, ed. Collection of Ancient Scottish Prophecies. Bannatyne Club 44. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, 1833: 6.