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Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 558; Grid 543 288 (Ely).
Number 3124-4
1.   ff. 6-21   Listeneth now I will you tell / Of mickle pity I may you spell
‘Northern Passion’
Number 3066-5
2.   ff. 21-29v   Lewd men be not lered in lore / As clerks been in holy writ
Dialogue between St. Bernard and the Virgin Mary concerning the Passion — in 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 4265-1
3.   ff. 30-31   On Easter day in the dawing Jesu rose fro death to life
The Story of the Resurrection based upon the South English Legendary
Number 6825-2
4.   ff. 32v-39v   Ye lewd men taketh heed
Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1202-3
5.   f. 39v   Ere the fulfilling of time was come / Satan had all the folk I-nome
Ratio quare presens opus incipiat dominicam primam aduentus domini, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4689-4
6.   ff. 40-41v   Saint Mark begins his gospel
Gospel for the First Sunday in Advent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3417-1
7.   ff. 41v-42v   Mary had worlds weal and riches plenty
Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5672-1
8.   ff. 42v-44v   This day Saint Luke telleth us
Gospel for Second Sunday in Advent, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 11-5
9.   ff. 44v-45v   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 4720-4
10.   ff. 45v-46v   Saint Matthew the evangelist / Says that Saint John the Baptist
Gospel for the Third Sunday in Advent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5353-1
11.   ff. 46v-48v   The king Herod with mickle unright
Herod and John the Baptist: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5671-2
12.   ff. 48v-50   This day Saint John the gospeller
Gospel for Fourth Sunday in Advent, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2760-5
13.   ff. 50-52   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 6772-3
14.   ff. 52-53   Woe and wandreth walketh wide
Gospel, ‘In nocte natalis domini’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 245-4
15.   ff. 53-54   After this brightness and this leam / These herds come to Bethleham
Missa in mane natalis domini, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5160-4
16.   ff. 54-55v   That may ye by Saint Martin see
Saints Martin, Anthony, and Machary: exempla in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5345-4
17.   ff. 55v-56v   The Jews made every year
Gospel for the Sunday after the Nativity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 476-5
18.   ff. 56v-60v   An archbishop beyond the sea / was woning in a faire city
The Archbishop and the Nun, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5511-4
19.   ff. 60v-63v   The twelfth day from Christs birth
Gospel for Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5347-4
20.   ff. 63v-64v   The Jews woned in sere country
Gospel, ‘Domnica infra Octavas Epiphanie’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6318-5
21.   f. 64v   When holy kirk bigan newly
St. John and the Boy, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4631-4
22.   ff. 67-68   Saint John tells us a tale
Gospel for the Second Sunday after Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle, with a short Narratio, The Mother of St. Thomas of Canterbury
Number 4714-4
23.   ff. 68-69   Saint Matthew says in our gospel
Gospel for the Second Sunday after the Octave of Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5223-5
24.   ff. 69-69v   The Book of Kings tells us
Giezi and Naaman: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle — couplets
Number 4723-4
25.   ff. 70-71   Saint Matthew the evangelist / Tells us today how Christ
Gospel for the Third Sunday after the Octave of Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 64-5
26.   ff. 72-76   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 528-5
27.   ff. 73-74   And of this seed that Satan sawes / A good tale
The Devil as Physician, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5982-4
28.   f. 73   To his disciples said Jesus / As Saint Matthew here tells us
Gospel, ‘Dominica iiij. post Octave Epiphanie’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2516-4
29.   ff. 74v-76   In holy book find we / That this day has names three
Gospel for the Feast of the Purification, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 169-5
30.   ff. 76-77   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 5161-4
31.   ff. 77-79   That may ye see by a lady
The Abbess who went with Child: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3106-4
32.   ff. 79-82v   Listeneth all I shall you tell / What Matthew says in our gospel
Gospel for Septuagesima in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 548-5
33.   ff. 82v-83   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 2561-4
34.   ff. 83-84v   In our gospel Saint Luke says us / That mickle folk come to Jesu
Gospel for Sexagesima Sunday, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 150-3
35.   ff. 84v-87   A rich man by old days / Thought for to leave this worlds plays
The Monk Mawryne, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4673-4
36.   ff. 87-88v   Saint Luke tells that Christ himself
Gospel for Quinquagesima Sunday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6166-4
37.   f. 88v   We find written of Saint Bernard
Pater noster for St. Bernard’s palfrey, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3051-4
38.   f. 89v   Lenten ought we to love in lede / and worship it…
Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 62-4
39.   ff. 91v-102v   A hende knight hight Placidas / But a heathen man
Legend of St. Eustace, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4715-4
40.   ff. 102v-105   Saint Matthew says in our gospel
Gospel for the Second Sunday in Lent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6037-4
41.   f. 105   To wilderness yode a young man
How a Hermit put another into Wanhope, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4670-4
42.   ff. 107-109   Saint Luke says that a man dumb was
Gospel for the Third Sunday in Lent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5159-4
43.   ff. 109-110   That may we see by Saint Bede
St. Bede and the Birds: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3391-4
44.   ff. 110-112   Man which Adam sin made thrall / Who made us free thou heardest tell
Gospel for the Feast of the Annunciation, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4641-4
45.   ff. 113-115   Saint John the gospeller says us / That to the Jews said Jesu
Gospel for Passion Sunday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 487-3
46.   ff. 115-115v   An hermit woned in a wastern
The Hermit and the Thieves, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4692-4
47.   ff. 117-117v   Saint Mark in our gospel shows
Gospel for Easter Sunday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 691-4
48.   ff. 117v-119   As we may by Saint Martin see / That was so full of charity
St Martin and the Naked Pilgrim, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4672-4
49.   ff. 119-120v   Saint Luke tells how disciples two
Gospel for Easter Monday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 489-5
50.   f. 120v   An holy man at preaching sat / And thought that sermon wonder sweet
The Devil in Church, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4643-4
51.   ff. 120v-122   Saint John the Gospeller us shows
Gospel for First Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5183-5
52.   ff. 122-122v   That was well on Saint Edmund seen
St. Edmund and the Devil; Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4640-4
53.   ff. 122v-124   Saint John the gospeller says us / That to his disciples said
Gospel for the Second Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2763-4
54.   ff. 124-125   It was an Earl of much might / Beyond the sea Sir Theobald he hight
Count Theobald, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4628-4
55.   ff. 125-126   Saint John in our Gospel shows
Gospel for the Third Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 66-5
56.   ff. 126-127   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 4627-5
57.   ff. 127-128v   Saint John in our gospel says us
Gospel for the Fourth Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4638-5
58.   ff. 128v-129v   Saint John the Gospeller says us / that til his disciples said
Gospel for the Fifth Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6284-4
59.   f. 129v   When Christ was risen from dead to life
Gospel, ‘In die Ascensionis’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 23-5
60.   ff. 130v-131   A Christian priest was called Carpus
The story of Carpus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 644-4
61.   ff. 131v-132v   As it befell of a rich king
The Melancholy King, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5955-4
62.   f. 131v   Til his disciples said Jesu Christ / as says Saint John
Gospel, ‘Dominica infra Octave Ascensionis’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5675-6
63.   ff. 132v-134   This day Whitsunday is called
Gospel for Whitsunday, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 488-7
64.   ff. 134-134v   An Hermit woned in the wilderness / That proved his disciple buxomness
The Obedient Servant, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4639-5
65.   ff. 134v-135v   Saint John the Gospeller says us / That til his disciples said
Gospel for Whit Monday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 56-5
66.   f. 135   A good tale hereby lies / Of a woman that hight Thais
Thais, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 3716-5
67.   ff. 135v-136v   Now are the feasts made of Christ
Gospel for Trinity Sunday in the Northern Homily Cycle (including the story of the Baptism of Jesus — see 5179 — which also occurs separately); eight 8-line stanzas, ababbcbc, with …‘I take my leue’ refrain
Number 5839-4
68.   ff. 136v-137v   Thou rich man that sits on dais
Gospel for First Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5956-4
69.   f. 137v   Til his disciples said Jesus / As Luke the gospeller tells us
Gospel for Second Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2465-5
70.   ff. 139-139v   In a wilderness an hermit found
The Hermit and the Angel, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4247-2
71.   ff. 139v-140v   Oft then have ye heard tell
Euangelium in vigilia Sancti Iohannis Baptiste’ in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5035-2
72.   ff. 141-143v   Still then stood Sir Zacharie
Gospel, ‘In die sancti Iohannis ad missam matutinalem,’ in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6048-4
73.   f. 143v   Today Saint Luke the gospeller
Gospel for Third Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 791-4
74.   ff. 144v-145   Before time that good angel wrought / But God him self
The Fall of the Angels and the Creation of Man, in Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 6087-1
75.   f. 145   Twenty princes of Holy Church
In festiuitate Apostolorum Petri et Pauli’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2591-2
76.   f. 146v   In that time thus befell / A false man began to spell
Simon Magus, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1797-4
77.   ff. 149v-150   Harkeneth what Saint Luke will say / In our gospel of today
Gospel for Fourth Sunday after Trinity, in Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6091-5
78.   p. 150   Two monks were woning in a cell
The Monk who was harsh in judging, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4677-4
79.   ff. 151-152v   Saint Luke the good gospeller
Gospel for Fifth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5907-4
80.   ff. 152v-153v   Threefold folk in holy kirk
Gospel for Sixth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4696-4
81.   ff. 153v-154v   Saint Mark the gospeller says us
Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4710-2
82.   ff. 154v-155v   Saint Matthew in our gospel says us
Gospel for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4671-2
83.   ff. 155v-156v   Saint Luke says that Jesu Christ
Gospel for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2786-4
84.   ff. 156v-159   Jerusalem in English is / As mickle to say as sight of peace
Gospel for Tenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1826-4
85.   ff. 159v-160   He is be-gabbed loathly / That lets of other men hethely
Gospel for Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, in Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2491-5
86.   ff. 160-162   In England by old days / Were kings seven as gest us shows
King Oswald and the Hermit, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4695-4
87.   ff. 162v-164v   Saint Mark speaks in our gospel
Gospel for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5954-4
88.   f. 164v   Til his disciples said Christ
Gospel for Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 10-5
89.   ff. 167v-174v   A bishop woned beyond the sea / In Sicily the rich city
The Legend of Theophilus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 122-1
90.   ff. 175-181v   A mery tale y telle yow may
The Assumption of Our Lady (earliest version) — in couplets, with a Prologue of ten lines
Number 4679-4
91.   ff. 182-182v   Saint Luke the gospeller will say
Gospel for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 490-5
92.   ff. 182v-186   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 6113-4
93.   f. 186   Unto his disciples said Christ
Gospel for Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2764-5
94.   ff. 187v-189v   It was once a gardener / That to God was both lief and dear
The Thrifty Gardener, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1796-4
95.   ff. 189v-190v   Harkeneth what Saint Luke will say / In our gospel of this day
Gospel for Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, in Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4607-2
96.   ff. 190v-192   Saint Gregory sayeth it was a clerk
Dying Monk sees Dragon: a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2766-4
97.   ff. 192-194   It was upon a holiday / As Luke in our gospel gan say
Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4711-4
98.   ff. 194-195   Saint Matthew in our gospel shows
Gospel for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2765-4
99.   ff. 195-195v   It was once a hende knight / That slew another knight in fight
The Knight who forgave the Slayer of his Father, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2563-4
100.   ff. 197-198v   In our gospel says Matthew / That Christs deeds til us will show
Gospel for Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 479-5
101.   ff. 198v-200   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 5674-4
102.   ff. 200-203   This day Saint Matthew tells us
Gospel for Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4637-3
103.   ff. 203-204   Saint John the good gospeller / Tells us as I said you here
Gospel for the Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4548-3
104.   ff. 204-206   Saint Basil telleth soothfastly
The Despised Nun: a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4721-4
105.   ff. 206-208   Saint Matthew the Evangelist / telleth us that Jesu Christ
Gospel for the Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 125-4
106.   ff. 208-208v   A monk was in Religion / And to backbiting was ever boune
The Backbiting Monk, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5673-4
107.   ff. 209-209v   This day Saint Matthew tells us
Gospel for the Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3406-4
108.   f. 209v   Many winter witterly / Ere Christ were born of our Lady
Story of Queen Esther, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4722-2
109.   ff. 212-214v   Saint Matthew the Evangelist
Gospel for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity in two MSS of the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 59-3
110.   ff. 214v-215v   A great lord in a land gan wone
Story of the Wise Son, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4635-2
111.   ff. 215v-218   Saint John the good Evangelist
Gospel for the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1234-3
112.   f. 218   Example here of verily
Dove flies from Mouth of Unchaste Monk, in Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2560-3
113.   ff. 219v-221   In our gospel Matthew says us
Gospel for Palm Sunday, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 65-4
114.   ff. 221-222   A holy man stood on a day
A Man in the Devil’s leash, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2761-5
115.   ff. 222-225v   It was a rich man o land / Full far beyond the sea woning
Piers Toller, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3481-4
116.   ff. 226-228   Mercy God of my misdeed / For Thy mercy that mickle is
Maydestone’s paraphrase of the Fifty-first Psalm — twenty 8-line stanzas (abababab)
Number 318-2
117.   ff. 295-296v   All christian people listen and hear
Passio Sancti Erasmi’ — 172 lines in couplets (including a Prologue of 38 lines)
Number 3049-1
118.   ff. 296v-298v   Lent is an holy time / In which folk will them shrive
Poem on Shrift, based on the last 92 lines of the Quadragesima section in the South English Legendary — quatrains (abab or abcb) with one six-line stanza (aabccb)
Number 375-1
119.   ff. 298v-300v   All that love to hear this lesson / Christ grant them his benison
‘A Good Lesson of IX Vertewis’ (with a short preface) — 210 lines in couplets
Number 542-1
120.   ff. 300v-302v   And therefore ye lordings that lovedays will hold
An admonition to officers of justice at lovedays — 196 lines in quatrains and couplets, with a few passages in Latin