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IMEV 323
NIMEV 323
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
Note: Formerly 323.
Title(s): Ratio quare presens opus incipiat dominicam primam aduentusdomini ; Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Advent
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 2v-4
First Lines:
Or þe fulthe of tyme was comen
Sathanas had þe folk all nomen…
Last Lines:
…ffor cristis tocome made endinge
Of all oure sorowe & oure mornynge
Attributed Title: Cause siue racio quare illud opusculum incipiat ab aduentu domini (f. 2v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 167ra1
First Lines:
Eor þe folfullyng of tyme was come
Sathanas hedde al þe folk y nome…
Last Lines:
…ffor his comyng made endyng
Of al vr serwe and vre mornyng
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.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, f. 39v
First Lines:
Er þe fulfilling of tyme was come
sathanas had al þe folk nome…
Last Lines:
…ffor his comyng made endyng
of al oure sorwe & oure mournyng
Attributed Title: Ecce ego mitto angelum meum qui preparabit & cetera (f. 39v)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 7v-8
First Lines:
Ar criste god sune of tyme was comen
Sathanas alle folk had nume…
Last Lines:
…ffor crystes come made endyng
Of all oure sorowe & oure murnyng
Attributed Title: Et hic incipit racio quare presens opusculum incipit. Dominica prima aduentus domini (f. 7v)
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 30358, f. 3v
First Lines:
Tyl þe fulth of þe tyme was commyn
Sathanas had all folk bennomyn…
Last Lines:
…ffor crist come made endyng
Of all oure sorow & oure mornyng
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 2v-3
First Lines:
Er þe fulth of þe tyme was comen
Sathanas had all man folk noman…
Last Lines:
…ffor crist come and mad endyng
Off all oure sorow and murnyng
7.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , f. 16vb
First Lines:
[A]R þe fulþe of tim was comen
Satenas al folk aued nome…
Last Lines:
…For cristes to com mad endinge
Of al our soru and our murninge
Note: Ends incomplete at bottom of page; followed by fragment of page, no text legible.
Attributed Title: Incipit racio quare pruleus opus incipiat dominicam primam aduentus domini (f. 16vb)
Editions:
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 1va-1vb
First Lines:
OR þe faithe of tym was come
Sathanas all hys tm had nome…
Last Lines:
…ffor cristes to com made endyng
Off all our sorow & oure mornyng