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A bishop woned beyond the sea / In Sicily the rich city
The Legend of Theophilus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: legends; Theophilus, saint, legend of; Virgin Mary, miracles of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 220-226
First Lines:
A byschop wonyd in Acuntre
þat hyȝt cicile be ȝond þe see…
Last Lines:
…þat we may all at our ded day
Com to þat blys þat lastes ay
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 164v-174
First Lines:
A bisschope woned beȝond þese
In ciȝile þe riche cite…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde iesu criste vs spede
To do penaunce & þider vs lede
Editions:
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 203vc-205rc
First Lines:
A Busschop woned in a Cuntre
Þat hihte Eisyli bi ȝonde þe see…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord Ihesu crist vs spede
To do penaunce and þider vs lede Amen.
Attributed Title: Þe Story off Theofle (f. 203vc)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Kölbing, Eugen. “Die jüngere englisch Fassung der Theophilussage, mit einer einleitung zum ersten male herausgegeben.” Englische Studien 1 (1877): 16-57: 1.38-57.
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 290-7.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 272-282
First Lines:
A bischope duelled in a contre
Þat hight Cicyl biȝonde þe cee…
Last Lines:
…Þat we may alle at oure ded day
Come to þat blisse þat lastes ay
Attributed Title: narracio de sancto Theophilo clerico (p. 272)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 167v-174v
First Lines:
A Buschop woned in a cuntre
þat highte Cicile be ȝond þe se…
Last Lines:
…Wher is mekil myrþe & game
Amen sey we in goddis name
Attributed Title: nota narracionem bonam de Theophilo clerico (f. 167v)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 116-120v
First Lines:
A bysschopp wonde be ȝonde þe see
þat orryell hyght þe cete
He had a clerk þa theofle hyght…
Last Lines:
…And hys saule tyll heuen ȝode
Tyll ihesu for to haue hys mede…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to missing ff. 121-128.
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 116)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 8vb-10rb
First Lines:
A Bischop woned in a cuntre
Þat hihte Eisili bi ȝonde þe see…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord Ihesu crist vs spede
To do penaunce & þider vs lede. Amen
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 126-134
First Lines:
A bisshope wonned beȝonde þe see
In cicill þe riche cyte…
Last Lines:
…Our lorde ihesu criste vs spede
To do pennaunnce & þider vs lede
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 221rb
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 201
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 113rb
Editions:
Kölbing, Eugen. “Die jüngere englisch Fassung der Theophilussage, mit einer einleitung zum ersten male herausgegeben.” Englische Studien 1 (1877): 16-57: 38-57.
12.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 49ra
13.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 128-137
First Lines:
A byschepe wonnyde in a contre
Þat hat ceȝyle be ȝonde þe se…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde ihesu criste vs spede
To do penaunce & þider vs lede
Attributed Title: The lyfe of a halyman clerke þat hyghte theophele (f. 127v)
14.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 140v-149v
First Lines:
A besschope wonyd in a cuntre
ȝat had a plase be ȝond þe se…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd ihesu crist vs spede
To do penauns and þiddyr vs lede
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 140v)