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Anoder broder in Almayne,
the hymn so called.
ne vist, knew not.
Et eraltavit humiles,
And derke nyght felle him uppone. eye.
P“ A king like him went out of the [""And in his thought a sleep him tok," chapel, and all the company with him; MS. Vernon.]
while the real king Robert was forgotten ° stall, or seat.
and left behind."
He ganne cry
for his men,
When admitted, he is brought into the hall; where the angel, who had assumed his place, makes him the fool of the hall, and cloathes him in a fool's coat. He is then sent out to lie with the dogs; in which situation he envies the condition of those dogs, which in great multitudes were permitted to remain in the royal hall. At length the emperor Valemounde sends letters to his brother king Robert, inviting him to visit, with himself, their brother the pope at Rome. The angel, who personates king Robert, welcomes the messengers, and cloathes them in the richest apparel, such as could not be made in the world.
' at the call [in haste).
The aungell welcomed the messageris,
messangeres wentt with the kyng',
[Al men on him gan pyke,
And maden joye of his comyng, &c. Afterwards they return in the same pomp to Sicily, where the angel, after so long and ignominious a penance, restores king Robert to his royalty.
Sicily was conquered by the French in the eleventh century",
", and this tale might have been originally got or written * There is an old French Romance, Robert the devill which was afterwards ROBERT LE DIABLE, often quoted by called the servaunt of our Lorde Jhesu Carpentier in his Supplement to Du Cryste. Emprinted in Fletestrete in Cange. And a French Morality, without [at] the sygne of the sonne by Wynkyn date or name of the author, in manu de Worde. There is an old English script, Comment il fut enjoint a ROBERT MORALITY on this tale, under the very le diable, fils du duc de Normandie, pour corrupt title of Robert Cicell, which ses mesfaites, de faire le fol sang parler, et was represented at the High-Cross in depuis N. S. ut merci du lui. Beau- Chester, 1529. There is a manuchamps, Rech. Theat. Fr. p. 109. This script copy of the poem, on vellum, in is probably the same Robert.
Trinity College library at Oxford, MSS. (The French prose romance of Ro- Num. Lvii. fol. - ADDITIONS. ] BERT LE DIABLE, printed in 1496, is ex (Robert of Cicyle and Robert the tant in the little collection, of two vo- Devil, though not identical, are clearly lumes, called BIBLIOTHEQUE BLEUE. It members of the same family, and this has been translated into other languages: poetic embodiment of their lives is eviamong the rest into English. The dently the offspring of that tortuous opiEnglish version was printed by Wynkyn nion so prevalent in the middle ages, and de Worde. The title of one of the which time has mellowed into a vulgar chapters is, How God sent an aungell to adage, that "the greater the sinner the the hermyte to shewe him the penaunce greater the saint.' The subject of the that he sholde gyve to Robert for his synnes. latter poem was doubtlessly Robert the -"Yf that Robert wyll be shryven of first duke of Normandy, who became his synnes, he must kepe and counter an early object of legendary scandal ; feite the wayes of a fole and be as he and the transition to the same line of were dombe, &c." It ends thus, potentates in Sicily was an easy effort Thus endeth the lyfe of Robert the devyll legend of « Sir Gowther” recently pub
when thus supported. The romantic That was the servaunte of our lorde. And of his condycyons that was full evyll Popular Poetry,” is only a different ver
lished in the “ Select Pieces of Early Emprinted in London by Wynkyn de sion of Robert the Devil with a change Worde.
of scene, names, &c. The Bibliotheque The volume has this colophon. “Here Bleue is a voluminous collection, of endeth the lyfe of the moost ferefullest which Warton appears to have seen only and unmercyfullest and myschevous two volumes.-Edit.]