The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Black beth thy banks thy ripes
Verses appended to Hardyng’s Chronicle
), on the four infernal rivers surrounding a castle
(the devil’s fortress) in a map of Scotland (equated with Hades) — three
stanzas rhyme royal based on 855
Subjects: chronicles, verse in; illustrations, verse accompanying; Scotland
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden B. 10 (SC 3356)
, f. 185
Blak be thy bankes and thy Ripes also
Thow sorowfulo se ful of
…The souner must they meked be and tamed
Wilde hawkes to hand
than hennys rather be reclaimed
“John Harding and Geoffrey of Monmouth: Two Unrecorded Poems and a
Notes and Queries
n.s. 27  (1980): 202-4: 202-3.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 661
, f. 188
Blak been thi bankes and thi ripes also
Thou sorowfull see full of
…The soner muste þei be meked & tamed
Wilde haukes to
hande þan hennys raþer been reclaymed
Note: Appended to Hardyng’s Chronicle above and within a drawing
of a castle, all ritten in rubric.
Ellis, Sir Henry,
The Chronicle of John Hardyng.
London: Rivington, 1812: 419-20.
3.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 1054
, f. 138
Blak beth bankes and þe Rypes Also
Thow sorowfull se ful of
Wher Pluto kynge of helles regneth in wo
In hys palais of
pride with bostes and crak…
…Þe souner must thay meked be and tamed
Wilde hawkes to
hand þan hennys þe raþer be reclamed
Note: Second and third stanzas written as prose.