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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
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Virgin Mary, miracles of; miracles
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 172-173v
First Lines:
Of on neracion wyll Itell
þat Acordes now of to spell…
Last Lines:
…þer Crist sall euer maye be kyng
Vnto þat blyse Ihesu vs bryng
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 9v-10v
First Lines:
A blak monk in ane aggaye
was fermorere als i herd saie…
Last Lines:
…þare criste euer mare sall be kinge
fforhis mercye he þider vs bringe
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 168ra-168rb
First Lines:
A blac Monk In an Abbay
Was ffermer as I herde say…
Last Lines:
…Þer crist schal euer more beo kyng
ffor his merci he þider vs bring. AMEN.
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:
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 242.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 13-16
First Lines:
A blak monke als I herde say
Was fermerere in an abbey…
Last Lines:
…Þere criste sale euermore be kynge
To þat blisse vs alle he brynge
Attributed Title: Narracio de monacho aparente socio suo post mortem (p. 13)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 44v-45v
First Lines:
A blac monk in an abbey
was fermer as I herd sey…
Last Lines:
…Þer crist schal euere more ben king
for his merci he thider vs bring
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 44v)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 14-15
First Lines:
A blake munke in an abbay
was in a farmory als I hard say…
Last Lines:
…þar criste sall euer be kyng
ffor hys mercy he þedere vs bryng
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 14)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 30358, ff. 9v-10v
First Lines:
A blak monk in ane abbay
Þat was in fermory als I hard say…
Last Lines:
…Þer cryst sall euer mare be kynge
For hys mercy he vs þeder brynge
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 9-10
First Lines:
A blake munke in ane abbay
That was enfermer als I hard say…
Last Lines:
…That cryst sall euer be kynge
ffor his mercy yedre vs brynge
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 126v
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 228
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 4v
Editions:
Nevanlinna, S. The Northern Homily Cycle. Vol. 1. Memoires de la Societe Neophilologique de Helsinki 38. Helsinki, 1972: 164.
12.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 20ra-20va
First Lines:
a blak munk of an abbaye
Was enfermer of als I herd say…
Last Lines:
…Þat crist sal euer mar be king
For his merci he þider us bring
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 29-33.
Morris, Richard, ed. Specimens of Early English A.D. 1250-A.D. 1400. Oxford, 1867 [See also Morris and Skeat (1882)]: 148-51.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
13.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, ff. 4rb-4vb
First Lines:
A blak monk in a nabbay
Wasse fermerer als I hird say…
Last Lines:
…þat kryst euer mare sall be kyng
& for hys mercy he þider vs bring
14.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 1-2
First Lines:
A blak monk of a nabbay
Was in fermory as y herd sey…
Last Lines:
…þer crist schal be euer mare kynge
He for hys mercy vs þedyr bryng
Note: Hanna lists as if part of 6047 (see Hanna (1980), 254).
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 1)