The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
When the cock in the north hath built his nest
The First Scottish Prophecy — in alliterative cross-rhymed
Title(s): The First Scottish Prophecy
Subjects: prophecies, political; political poems
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Kk.1.5
, Part IV, ff. 25-27
QVen the koke in the northe halows his nest
And buskes his birdys
and buirnys to slee
þan shall fortune…
…Wyght a wykede womane woo mytht sho bee
Scho has closede him
in a gragge of cornwales coste
Note: 139 lines.
Lumby, Joseph Rawson,
Bernardus De Cura Rei Famuliaris, with some early Scottish
o.s. 42 (1870); repr. 1965: 18-22.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 249/277
, ff. 227v
When þe cokke in þe north has bylde hys
And gedyrde hys byrdys and buskyth hym to fle₀
…He schall ende holy in goddes lawe
And in þe
vale off Iosaphath beriede schall he
Note: 40 lines.
Attributed Author: Explicit Quod doctor herrysoun (f. 228)
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Rolls II 23
, Art. 8
When the cocke in the Northe hath bilde his nest
And buskith his
briddes and betrays hem to fle…
…But he shall ende in goddes lawe
And in Iosephath beryed he
Note: 75 lines.
Robbins, Rossell Hope,
Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries.
New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 115.
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 1717
, ff. 249vb
Quen þe kokke in þe north byggis his nest
And buskis his
bryddis & bownis thaym to flye…
…Then he shall ende in cristis lawe
And in Iesephath buryet
Note: 72 lines.
“Notes on Fly Leaves.”
Notes and Queries
3rd ser. 8 (1865): 326-7: 326.
17.Source: London, Westminster Abbey 27
, f. 85ra
When þe cok in þe north hathe biggid his nest
his birdis & buskith him to flee…
…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
When þe koc in þe northe hath helde his nest
his byrdes & bownes þayn to fle…
…But he schal ende in goddis lawe
And in Iosophat schal he
8 lines, in 19 cross-rhymed quatrains, the earlier ones alliterative,
with two lines repeated and then crossed out; preceded by 6436
Merlin, The whole prophesie of Scotland, England, & somepart of France, and
, Waldegrave, 1603 [not pr. by Waldegrave, possibly a London piracy]
Collection of Ancient Scottish Prophecies.
44. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, 1833: 6.