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A Christian priest was called Carpus
The story of Carpus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Carpus, story of; exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 202-203v
First Lines:
A Crrystyn prest was cald carpus
þat so in þis werld lufyd Ihesus…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesus graunt vs þat wetnes
of þat trew luf þat ys endelese
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 127v-128v
First Lines:
A cristend preste was callid carpus
þat luffid so inwardeli ihesus…
Last Lines:
…þare to ihesu criste vs spede
And to him self vs luffli lede
Editions:
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 191vc-192ra
First Lines:
AN holy prest was clept carpus
And louede so inwardliche Ihesus…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu to loue him help vs and rede
And to his blisse alle vs lede. 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: 278-9.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 206-208
First Lines:
A cristen preste was called Carpus
Þat so inwardli lufed ihesus…
Last Lines:
…Nowe ihesu graunte vs þat swetnes
Of þi trewe luf þat es endeles
Attributed Title: de sancto Carpo presbitere orante pro vindicta capienda (f. 206)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 130v-131
First Lines:
A cristen prest was cald Carpus
& he louid so inwardli ihesus…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu to loue him righteli vs rede
and to his blisse alle vs lede
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 130v)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 86-87
First Lines:
A cristen preste was cald carpus
þat lufed swa inwardly ihesus…
Last Lines:
…þare to ihesu criste vs spede
And tyll hym selfe vs fully lede
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 86)
7.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 193va
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 191v
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 94ra
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 39va
11.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 94-95
First Lines:
A crystyn preste þat hyght carpus
þat lufyd swa inwardly Ihesus…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu to lufe hym ryght vs spede
and till hym selfe vs lufly lede
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], f. 108va
First Lines:
A cristyn prest wos callyd carpus
And he so in wardly louyd ihesus…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu to loue ryght hym vs spede
And to hym self he vs lonely lede
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 108v)