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Father and Son and Holy Ghost / That art one God of mights most
Robert of Brunne, Handlyng Synne — 12630 lines in couplets
Note: For extracts occurring separately see 846 and 1545.
Author(s): Robert of Brunne
Title(s): Handlyng Synne
Subjects: treatises, devotional; instruction, religious
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 415 (SC 2313), ff. 1-80
First Lines:
FAdyr and sone & holygost
þat art o god of myȝtys most…
Last Lines:
…But graunte vs alle vs self to ȝeme
And yn our shryfte Ihesu to queme
Attributed Author: Roberd Grosteste Bysshop of lyncolne (f. 1)
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ þe boke þat men clepen yn frenshe manuele pecche þe wheche boke made yn frenshe Roberd Grosteste Bysshop of lyncolne (f. 1)
Editions:
Vanderschaaf, B. M., ed. “An Edition of Robert Mannyng’s Handlyng Synne.” Diss. University of Iowa, 1978 [Bodley 415].
Sullens, Idelle, ed. Robert Mannyng of Brunne: Handlyng Synne. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1983.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.4.9, ff. 97-142
First Lines:
The fyrste commawndmet of ych eon
Thou xalt haue non god but on…
Last Lines:
…to com to heuen at domus day
now god god vs graunt þat it so be
Amen for charyte
Note: Lacks Prologue. For the ‘Continuation’, see 378, 1598, 3099, 3339, 3355, 3358, and Sullivan (1978).
Attributed Title: Explicit decem precepta (f. 142)
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 1701, ff. 1ra-84rb
First Lines:
Fadyr and sone & holy goste
Þat art o god of myȝtes moste…
Last Lines:
…But graunte vs alle vs self to ȝeme
And yn oure shryfte Ihesu to queme
Note: The text finishes on the top half of the page, spanning both columns.
Attributed Author: Roberd Gros test Bysshop of Lyncolne (f. 1)
Attributed Title: Here bygynneþ the boke þat men clepyn yn frenshe manuele pecche þe whych boke made yn frenshe Roberd Gros test Bysshop of Lyncolne (rubricated RT, f. 1)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Robert of Brunne’s Handlyng Synne, written in 1203, with the French Treatise on which it is founded, Le Manuel des Pechiez by William of Waddington. Roxburghe Club. London: J. B. Nichols and Son, 1862.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Robert of Brunne’s Handlyng Synne [and its French original] EETS o.s. 119, 123 (1901, 1903); repr. 1973.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 145-54.
4.Source: London, Dulwich College 24, ff. 1-21v
First Lines:
FAder & sone & holy gost
þat is oo god & myȝt haþ most
At his wurschepe we schul be gynne
to schame þe fend and schone synne…
Last Lines:
…for he a vowede & trust not
& ȝit in dede wel wers he wrout
seunt Austyn seith a redy way
to ȝow þat dar I wel say…
Note: Ends imperfectly at line 2894 (see Sullens (1983), p. 74). Catchphrase at foot of f. 21v: ‘ȝoure wikkid vowys’. Written two lines of verse per manuscript line except for the first eight lines. Lines 1-4 repeated at top (two lines per one), but text is smudged as if someone attempted to rub them out. The scribe writes ᰰAmen quod a Rose’ in the lower margin of f. 16.
Attributed Title: Manuel de Peche (f. 1, margin)
5.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn a2 [formerly Osborn 5; olim Bowes Midland], pp. 1-284
First Lines:
…The angell saw he gan a byde
Comforþthe he sayde and ye noȝt hyde
Of þis fyre na drede ye noȝte
Bot with wrange yf þu toke oghte…
Last Lines:
…It may noghte be for no ned
þat gode wylde he sulde for bede
Sen he for bede it it sulde be noghte
Note: Listed as ‘Osborn 5’ in Robbins and Cutler (1965); begins and ends imperfectly, with modern note ‘2500’ beside first line and modern ‘12363’ beside last line.
Editions:
Schulz, S. A., ed. “An Edition of Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Handlyng Synne (Osborn MS).” Diss. New York University, 1973.
6.Source: Washington DC, Folger Shakespeare Library 420312 [olim Clopton], ff. 1-84