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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440)
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 30; Grid 417 412 (WRY).
Number 6594-1
1.   f. 1   Whose conscience be cumbered and be not clean
Against censoriousness — two couplets
Number 1553-1
2.   ff. 2-168   God Father in heaven of mights most
A paraphrase of Old Testament history, including Judith and the Maccabees — 18,372 lines in 12-line stanzas
Number 479-1
3.   f. 32va-32vb   An Emperor was once in Rome / That was righteous in his doom
Gregory and Trajan’s soul, followed by the story of Alexander and the imprisoned Jews, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5580-1
4.   ff. 168v-169v   There is no mirth under the sky
In praise of his lady — six eight-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Be trew lady for I you truste’
Number 11-1
5.   ff. 172-173v   A black monk in an abbey / As fermerer as I heard say
The monk who returned from death, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2760-1
6.   ff. 173-176   It was a man as I heard say / That to Saint James took the way
The Pilgrim to St. James, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5160-1
7.   ff. 176-178   That may ye by Saint Martin see
Saints Martin, Anthony, and Machary: exempla in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 476-1
8.   ff. 178-183   An archbishop beyond the sea / was woning in a faire city
The Archbishop and the Nun, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 6318-1
9.   ff. 183-185v   When holy kirk bigan newly
St. John and the Boy, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5184-1
10.   ff. 185v-186   That was well seen when Saint Thomas
The Dream of the Mother of St. Thomas: Narratio from the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5223-1
11.   ff. 186-187v   The Book of Kings tells us
Giezi and Naaman: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle — couplets
Number 64-1
12.   ff. 187v-189v   A holy man beyond the sea / Was bishop of a great city
The Knight who did penance among worms, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 528-1
13.   ff. 189v-191v   And of this seed that Satan sawes / A good tale
The Devil as Physician, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 169-1
14.   ff. 191v-193   A tale of this feast have I heard / How it once of a widow fared
The Widow’s Candle, in the Northern Homily Cycle (Purification) — in couplets
Number 5161-1
15.   ff. 193-195v   That may ye see by a lady
The Abbess who went with Child: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1955-1
16.   f. 195v   Here begins a story
A fragment introducing the narracio of Solomon in one manuscript of the Northern Homily Cycle — four lines
Number 65-1
17.   ff. 196-197v   A holy man stood on a day
A Man in the Devil’s leash, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 489-1
18.   f. 199v   An holy man at preaching sat / And thought that sermon wonder sweet
The Devil in Church, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 66-1
19.   ff. 200-201v   A holy monk had great yearning / In his life to see tokening
The Monk who wished to see the least Joy in Paradise, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5183-1
20.   f. 200   That was well on Saint Edmund seen
St. Edmund and the Devil; Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4717-1
21.   ff. 201v-202   Saint Matthew tells us
Narratio: Mother of James and John, from the Northern Homily Cycle (Fifth Sunday after Easter), occurring separately
Number 23-1
22.   ff. 202-203v   A Christian priest was called Carpus
The story of Carpus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 644-1
23.   f. 203v   As it befell of a rich king
The Melancholy King, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 488-1
24.   f. 204v   An Hermit woned in the wilderness / That proved his disciple buxomness
The Obedient Servant, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 56-1
25.   ff. 205-205v   A good tale hereby lies / Of a woman that hight Thais
Thais, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2465-1
26.   ff. 205v-206v   In a wilderness an hermit found
The Hermit and the Angel, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6091-1
27.   ff. 206v-207v   Two monks were woning in a cell
The Monk who was harsh in judging, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 548-1
28.   ff. 208-208v   And we find written of an hermit / That lived long without wit
The Hermit who returned to the World, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5594-1
29.   ff. 209-211v   There was a knight of I know
Legend of St. Eustace
Number 5159-1
30.   ff. 211v-213v   That may we see by Saint Bede
St. Bede and the Birds: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2761-1
31.   ff. 213v-219v   It was a rich man o land / Full far beyond the sea woning
Piers Toller, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 10-1
32.   ff. 220-226   A bishop woned beyond the sea / In Sicily the rich city
The Legend of Theophilus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 490-1
33.   ff. 226-227v   An holy man was parish priest / And loved a friend that woned him next
The Adulterous Parish Priest, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2764-2
34.   ff. 228-229   It was once a gardener / That to God was both lief and dear
The Thrifty Gardener, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4607-1
35.   ff. 229v-231   Saint Gregory sayeth it was a clerk
Dying Monk sees Dragon: a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 59-1
36.   ff. 235v-237   A great lord in a land gan wone
Story of the Wise Son, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 1234-1
37.   ff. 237-239   Example here of verily
Dove flies from Mouth of Unchaste Monk, in Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4608-1
38.   ff. 239-239v   Saint Gregory tells and so it is
Written Confession Obliterated, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle — 24 couplets