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Found Records:
San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420]
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) 1.92 (Ireland).
Number 11-14
1.   ff. 1-2   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 4720-12
2.   ff. 2-3v   Saint Matthew the evangelist / Says that Saint John the Baptist
Gospel for the Third Sunday in Advent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5353-5
3.   ff. 3v-6   The king Herod with mickle unright
Herod and John the Baptist: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6049-6
4.   ff. 6-8   Today says John the good gospeller
Gospel for Fourth Sunday in Advent, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2760-11
5.   ff. 8-10   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 6772-4
6.   f. 10   Woe and wandreth walketh wide
Gospel, ‘In nocte natalis domini’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 245-8
7.   ff. 11v-12v   After this brightness and this leam / These herds come to Bethleham
Missa in mane natalis domini, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5160-10
8.   ff. 12v-14v   That may ye by Saint Martin see
Saints Martin, Anthony, and Machary: exempla in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5345-7
9.   ff. 14v-15v   The Jews made every year
Gospel for the Sunday after the Nativity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 476-12
10.   ff. 15v-20v   An archbishop beyond the sea / was woning in a faire city
The Archbishop and the Nun, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5511-10
11.   ff. 20v-24   The twelfth day from Christs birth
Gospel for Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5347-10
12.   ff. 24v-25v   The Jews woned in sere country
Gospel, ‘Domnica infra Octavas Epiphanie’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6318-12
13.   ff. 25v-27v   When holy kirk bigan newly
St. John and the Boy, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4714-10
14.   ff. 29v-31   Saint Matthew says in our gospel
Gospel for the Second Sunday after the Octave of Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5223-12
15.   ff. 31-32   The Book of Kings tells us
Giezi and Naaman: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle — couplets
Number 4723-10
16.   ff. 32-33v   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 64-12
17.   ff. 33v-35v   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 5982-10
18.   ff. 35v-36   To his disciples said Jesus / As Saint Matthew here tells us
Gospel, ‘Dominica iiij. post Octave Epiphanie’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 528-12
19.   ff. 36-37v   And of this seed that Satan sawes / A good tale
The Devil as Physician, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2516-11
20.   ff. 37v-40   In holy book find we / That this day has names three
Gospel for the Feast of the Purification, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 169-12
21.   ff. 40-41v   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 5161-11
22.   ff. 41v-43v   That may ye see by a lady
The Abbess who went with Child: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3106-7
23.   ff. 43v-48   Listeneth all I shall you tell / What Matthew says in our gospel
Gospel for Septuagesima in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 548-13
24.   ff. 48-49   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 2561-10
25.   f. 49   In our gospel Saint Luke says us / That mickle folk come to Jesu
Gospel for Sexagesima Sunday, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 150-9
26.   ff. 50v-53v   A rich man by old days / Thought for to leave this worlds plays
The Monk Mawryne, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4673-11
27.   ff. 53v-56   Saint Luke tells that Christ himself
Gospel for Quinquagesima Sunday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6166-12
28.   f. 56   We find written of Saint Bernard
Pater noster for St. Bernard’s palfrey, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3051-9
29.   ff. 56v-59v   Lenten ought we to love in lede / and worship it…
Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 62-8
30.   ff. 59v-73   A hende knight hight Placidas / But a heathen man
Legend of St. Eustace, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4715-9
31.   ff. 73-76   Saint Matthew says in our gospel
Gospel for the Second Sunday in Lent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6037-9
32.   ff. 76-78v   To wilderness yode a young man
How a Hermit put another into Wanhope, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4670-8
33.   ff. 78v-81   Saint Luke says that a man dumb was
Gospel for the Third Sunday in Lent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5159-10
34.   ff. 81-82v   That may we see by Saint Bede
St. Bede and the Birds: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3391-9
35.   ff. 82v-84v   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 2758-10
36.   ff. 84v-85v   It was a knight beyond the sea / That rich man was wont to be
The Virgin Mary comes to the Devil instead of his Victim, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4641-10
37.   ff. 86-88v   Saint John the gospeller says us / That to the Jews said Jesu
Gospel for Passion Sunday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4644-3
38.   f. 86   Saint John the gospeller us tells
Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Lent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 487-10
39.   ff. 88v-89   An hermit woned in a wastern
The Hermit and the Thieves, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2560-7
40.   ff. 89-91   In our gospel Matthew says us
Gospel for Palm Sunday, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 65-11
41.   ff. 91-91v   A holy man stood on a day
A Man in the Devil’s leash, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4692-8
42.   ff. 92v-94v   Saint Mark in our gospel shows
Gospel for Easter Sunday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 691-8
43.   ff. 94v-96   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 4672-9
44.   ff. 96-97v   Saint Luke tells how disciples two
Gospel for Easter Monday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 489-8
45.   ff. 97v-98   An holy man at preaching sat / And thought that sermon wonder sweet
The Devil in Church, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4643-7
46.   ff. 98-99v   Saint John the Gospeller us shows
Gospel for First Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5183-9
47.   ff. 99v-100   That was well on Saint Edmund seen
St. Edmund and the Devil; Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4640-8
48.   ff. 100-100v   Saint John the gospeller says us / That to his disciples said
Gospel for the Second Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2763-9
49.   ff. 101v-103   It was an Earl of much might / Beyond the sea Sir Theobald he hight
Count Theobald, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4628-8
50.   ff. 103-103v   Saint John in our Gospel shows
Gospel for the Third Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 66-12
51.   ff. 103v-105   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 4627-8
52.   f. 105   Saint John in our gospel says us
Gospel for the Fourth Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4638-11
53.   f. 106   Saint John the Gospeller says us / that til his disciples said
Gospel for the Fifth Sunday after Easter in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6284-10
54.   ff. 107v-108v   When Christ was risen from dead to life
Gospel, ‘In die Ascensionis’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 23-12
55.   f. 108va   A Christian priest was called Carpus
The story of Carpus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5955-8
56.   ff. 109v-110   Til his disciples said Jesu Christ / as says Saint John
Gospel, ‘Dominica infra Octave Ascensionis’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 644-6
57.   ff. 110-111   As it befell of a rich king
The Melancholy King, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5675-12
58.   ff. 111-113   This day Whitsunday is called
Gospel for Whitsunday, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 488-15
59.   ff. 113-113v   An Hermit woned in the wilderness / That proved his disciple buxomness
The Obedient Servant, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4639-11
60.   f. 113v   Saint John the Gospeller says us / That til his disciples said
Gospel for Whit Monday in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 56-9
61.   ff. 114-114v   A good tale hereby lies / Of a woman that hight Thais
Thais, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 3716-10
62.   ff. 114v-115   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 5179-3
63.   ff. 115-115v   That time that Saint John Baptist
Story of the Baptism of Christ, from the Northern Homily Cycle (Homily for Trinity Sunday)
Number 5839-9
64.   ff. 115v-117   Thou rich man that sits on dais
Gospel for First Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5956-10
65.   ff. 117-118   Til his disciples said Jesus / As Luke the gospeller tells us
Gospel for Second Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2465-11
66.   ff. 118-118v   In a wilderness an hermit found
The Hermit and the Angel, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6048-10
67.   ff. 119-119v   Today Saint Luke the gospeller
Gospel for Third Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2491-14
68.   ff. 119-122   In England by old days / Were kings seven as gest us shows
King Oswald and the Hermit, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 791-10
69.   fv. 120-120v   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 1797-10
70.   ff. 120v-121v   Harkeneth what Saint Luke will say / In our gospel of today
Gospel for Fourth Sunday after Trinity, in Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6091-13
71.   ff. 121v-122   Two monks were woning in a cell
The Monk who was harsh in judging, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4677-10
72.   ff. 122v-124   Saint Luke the good gospeller
Gospel for Fifth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5907-10
73.   ff. 124-125   Threefold folk in holy kirk
Gospel for Sixth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4696-10
74.   ff. 125v-126   Saint Mark the gospeller says us
Gospel for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4667-6
75.   ff. 126-127   Saint Luke in our gospel says us
Gospel for Eighth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4671-5
76.   ff. 127-128v   Saint Luke says that Jesu Christ
Gospel for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2786-10
77.   ff. 128v-131v   Jerusalem in English is / As mickle to say as sight of peace
Gospel for Tenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1826-10
78.   ff. 131v-132   He is be-gabbed loathly / That lets of other men hethely
Gospel for Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, in Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2491-13
79.   ff. 132v-135   In England by old days / Were kings seven as gest us shows
King Oswald and the Hermit, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4695-10
80.   ff. 135v-137v   Saint Mark speaks in our gospel
Gospel for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5954-10
81.   ff. 137v-140v   Til his disciples said Christ
Gospel for Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 10-14
82.   ff. 140v-149v   A bishop woned beyond the sea / In Sicily the rich city
The Legend of Theophilus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4679-9
83.   ff. 149v-150   Saint Luke the gospeller will say
Gospel for the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 490-11
84.   ff. 150-154   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 6113-9
85.   ff. 154v-156v   Unto his disciples said Christ
Gospel for Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2764-11
86.   ff. 156v-160v   It was once a gardener / That to God was both lief and dear
The Thrifty Gardener, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1796-9
87.   ff. 160v-161v   Harkeneth what Saint Luke will say / In our gospel of this day
Gospel for Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, in Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1843-8
88.   ff. 161v-165   He sayeth it was once a clerk / That left the fiend and all his work
Dying Monk sees Dragon, Narratio in Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2766-10
89.   ff. 165-1658   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 2473-8
90.   ff. 168-173   In Antioch beyond the sea
Pelagia: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4711-10
91.   ff. 173-175v   Saint Matthew in our gospel shows
Gospel for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2765-10
92.   ff. 175v-176v   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 2563-10
93.   ff. 176v-179v   In our gospel says Matthew / That Christs deeds til us will show
Gospel for Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 479-12
94.   ff. 180-181v   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 5674-10
95.   ff. 181v-184v   This day Saint Matthew tells us
Gospel for Twentieth Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4606-5
96.   ff. 184v-186v   Saint Gregory a tale us tells
Gregory’s Aunts: a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4637-8
97.   f. 186v   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 4548-8
98.   ff. 187v-189v   Saint Basil telleth soothfastly
The Despised Nun: a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4721-9
99.   ff. 189v-192v   Saint Matthew the Evangelist / telleth us that Jesu Christ
Gospel for the Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 125-10
100.   ff. 192v-193   A monk was in Religion / And to backbiting was ever boune
The Backbiting Monk, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5673-9
101.   ff. 193-193v   This day Saint Matthew tells us
Gospel for the Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3406-10
102.   ff. 193v-196v   Many winter witterly / Ere Christ were born of our Lady
Story of Queen Esther, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4642-6
103.   f. 196v   Saint John the gospeller / Tells as I shall you lere
Gospel for the Twenty-fourth (according to some MSS the Twenty-fifth) Sunday after Trinity in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2761-12
104.   ff. 198-202   It was a rich man o land / Full far beyond the sea woning
Piers Toller, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 4392-1
105.   f. 202   Pray for him that made this scrite
Prayer for the scribe of the manuscript — three couplets
Number 4247-4
106.   ff. 202v-204v   Oft then have ye heard tell
Euangelium in vigilia Sancti Iohannis Baptiste’ in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5035-4
107.   ff. 204-204v   Still then stood Sir Zacharie
Gospel, ‘In die sancti Iohannis ad missam matutinalem,’ in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6313-3
108.   ff. 204v-207   When Gods son conceived was
Gospel for Friday of the Third Week in Advent, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2572-3
109.   ff. 207-213v   In Rome was once a rich man / That hight forsooth Euphemian
Life of St. Alexius, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5800-3
110.   ff. 213v-215   This worlds princes haveth service
Sermo in festo Apostolorum Petri et Pauli’, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2591-4
111.   ff. 215-218   In that time thus befell / A false man began to spell
Simon Magus, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 3523-1
112.   ff. 218-220v   Mirthfull mother and maid Mary / That bore Christ us on rood to buy
De Assumpcione beate marie virginis’, in one MS of the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6050-1
113.   ff. 220v-223v   Today sprang bloom of Jesse his root
Gospel, ‘In natiuitate beate marie virginis’, in one MS of the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 12-1
114.   ff. 223v-225v   A black monk was Segrestin
Segrestin, a miracle of the Virgin Mary in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 6676-1
115.   f. 225v   Why this day is all hallow day
Founding of the Feast of All Hallows, in one MS of the Northern Homily Cycle, followed by four miracles
Number 5664-1
116.   f. 231   This book wrote William Thame / God keep him from sin and shame
Scribe’s colophon — three couplets