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IMEV 2165
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A mery tale y telle yow may
The Assumption of Our Lady (earliest version) — in couplets, with a Prologue of ten lines
Note: Formerly 2165. For the Cursor Mundi ‘Assumption’, which is directly based on this text, but lacks the Prologue, see 6363; for other versions see 549, 1767, 3523, 4190, 4703.
Title(s): The Assumption of Our Lady
Subjects: Virgin Mary, assumption of; legends, of Jesus and Mary
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 175-181v
First Lines:
Of seynt marie þe swete may
a meri tale tellen I may…
Last Lines:
…In to heuene þer he is king
& ȝeue vs alle good ending
Note: Folio 179 missing.
Attributed Title: De Assumpcione Beate Marie Virginis (f. 175)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.2.38, ff. 40va-45ra
First Lines:
A louely tale y yow tell may
Of seyne mary that swete may
The be bynnyng of þys lesson
Ys of hur Assumpcyon…
Last Lines:
…To haue þat blys þere he ys kyng
And gyf vs all goode endynge
Note: One folio missing between 40v-41.
Facsimiles:
McSparran, Frances, and Pamela R. Robinson. “Introduction.” Cambridge University Library MS Ff.2.38. London: Scolar Press, 1979.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 2), pp. 26a-28b
First Lines:
Merie tale telle ihc þis day
Of seinte Marye þat swete may…
Last Lines:
…Marie ansuerde wiþ milde steu[en]
A[ ]sende me al while of ful in [ ]…
Note: Lines 1-240 only.
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Editions:
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. King Horn, Floriz and Blaunchfleur, The Assumption of Our Lady. G. H. McKnight EETS 1901, o.s. 14 (1866); repr. 1990: 111-36.
Hackauf, Emil, ed. Die älteste mittelenglischeVersion der Assumptio Marie. Erfurt: Ohlenrothische Buchdrückerei, 1902: (lines 1-250).
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10036, ff. 62-80v
First Lines:
In honorance of Ihesus Cryst
Sitteþ stille & haueþ lyft…
Last Lines:
…And an Aue marie þer to
That Ihesus graunt so. Amen
Note: The usual Prologue replaced by another of 12 lines.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit assumpto beate marie (f. 62)
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, ff. 75-86
First Lines:
A mery tale y telle yow may
of seynt Marie that swete may…
Last Lines:
…that we may to hene wende
that is withoute begynnyng & ende
Attributed Title: De assumpcione sancte Marie (original textura heading in top margin f. 75); Explicit sextus liber sancte Marie (as if continuation of 4080, original in large script below last line of text, f. 86)
Editions:
Lumby, Joseph Rawson, ed. King Horn, Floriz and Blaunchfleur, The Assumption of Our Lady. G. H. McKnight EETS 1901, o.s. 14 (1866); repr. 1990: 111-36 (lines 241-716).
Hackauf, Emil, ed. Die älteste mittelenglischeVersion der Assumptio Marie. Erfurt: Ohlenrothische Buchdrückerei, 1902: (lines 251-).
6.Source: London, University of London Sterling Library V.17 [olim Clopton], ff. 112-114v
First Lines:
…Þer to ne letteþ hem haue no myȝt
ffor sikerlyche hit were vnryȝt…
Last Lines:
…Þat he haþ vs here I seyde
ffor hit was in þe tumbe y leyde…
Note: Embedded in item 2. Lines 389-842.
7.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 8009 [Mun. A.6.31], ff. 3-17v
First Lines:
A merye tale tell I may
Of seint marye that swete may
All this tale and this lesson
Is of here holy Assumpcion…
Last Lines:
…That we may to the blysse wend
That lastithe evire with owte end
Attributed Title: Explicit Assvmpcio Sancte Marie Amen (f. 17v)