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DIMEV 2484
IMEV 1476
NIMEV 1476
In book a beast we find can / That hath a face as a man
Six exempla: marvellous beast, tree, fowls, fish, etc.
Subjects: exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 223va-223vc
First Lines:
IN Bok a best we fynde con
Þat haþ a face as a Mon…
Last Lines:
…He vs sende þat ilke grace
Þat brouȝt hire to heuene place. Amen.
Attributed Title: Of a best þat is like a man in visage (f. 223va)
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. “Proprium Sanctorum, Zusatz-Homilien des Ms. Vernon fol. CCXV zur nördlichen Sammlung der Domicalia evangelia.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 81 (1888): 83-114, 300-21: 301-3.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 26va-26vc
First Lines:
IN a boke a best we fynde con
Þat haþ a face as a mon…
Last Lines:
…He vs send þat ilke graxe
Þat brouht hire to heuene place. Amen
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.