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God sayeth Himself as written we find
Mirk’s Instructions for Parish Priests — in couplets
Author(s): John Mirk
Title(s): Instructions for Parish Priests
Subjects: clergy, instructions for
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Greaves 57 (SC 3829), f. 1
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 60 (SC 21634), ff. 147-188v
First Lines:
God seith him self as writen y fynde
That whan the blynde ledeth the blynde…
Last Lines:
…The mede & ioy of heuen light
God vs graunte for his myȝt
Note: Intermixed with prose.
Attributed Author: Translatus per fratrem Johannem Mirk Canonicum Regularum Monasterii de Lilleshull cuius anime propicietur deus Amen (f. 189, top, mostly erased, then written below by modern hand)
Attributed Title: Explicit tractus qui dicitur Pars Oculi de latino in Anglicum translatus per fratrem Johannem […] monasterii de lylleshulle cuius anime propicietur Deus Amen (f. 188v); rubric heading cropped, f. 147
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 103 (SC 21677), ff. 119-164
First Lines:
God seith him self as writen I fynde
That whan the blynde ledeth the blynde…
Last Lines:
…The mede and Ioy of heuen light
God vs graunte for his myght
Attributed Author: translatus per fratrem Johannem Mirkes Canonicum Regularem manasterii de lillesshull cuius anime propicietur deus. Amen (f. 164)
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus qui dicitur pars oculi de latino in Anglicum translatus per fratrem Johannem Mirkes Canonicum Regularem manasterii de lillesshull cuius anime propicietur deus. Amen (f. 164)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 196 (SC 10022), ff. 241-243v
First Lines:
…With light attire the auter
Loke alway hit brenne cler…
Last Lines:
…The mede Ioye of heuene light
God vs graunte for his myght
Attributed Title: Pars occuli in Anglico (f. 241)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, f. 1
First Lines:
womans seruyce þu muste forsake
þat sche on þe non euel fame make…
Last Lines:
…And whan þat we shall hens wende
Grawnte vs blisse with owte end
Note: Lines 1-65 missing.
Editions:
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 1-16.
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton Claudius A.II, ff. 129-154v
First Lines:
God seyth hym self as wryten we fynde
That whenne þe blynde ledyth þe blynde …
Last Lines:
…The mede and þe ioye of heuen lyȝt
God vs graunt ffor hys myght
Note: 2046 lines.
Attributed Author: Iohannem Myrcus (f. 154v)
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus qui dicitur pars oculi de latino in Anglicum (f. 154v)
Editions:
Peacock, E., ed. John Myrc: Instructions for Parish Priests. EETS o.s. 31 (1868); repr. 1973.
Kristensson, G., ed. John Mirk’s Instructions for Parish Priest. Lund Studies in English 49. Lund, 1974: 67.
7.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 C.XVII, ff. 67ra-80ra
First Lines:
All myghty god in trinite
ffadyr sone þe holy gost perons thre…
Last Lines:
…Þe mede & ioyh of heuen lyȝt
God vs graunte for hys myght
Note: With a unique Invocation of 24 lines. Text very damaged, some recovered using a cold light source.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit liber qui vocatur […] Sacerdotus (f. 67ra); Explicit liber qui vocatur […] (f. 80ra)
Editions:
Kristensson, G., ed. John Mirk’s Instructions for Parish Priest. Lund Studies in English 49. Lund, 1974: 177.