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In England by old days / Were kings seven as gest us shows
King Oswald and the Hermit, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Oswald, king; exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 202rc-202vc
First Lines:
IN Engelonde by olde dawes
Were kynges vij as Iestes schawes…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord crist þider vs wis
Þer Ioye wiþ outen ende is. Amen.
Attributed Title: Of seynt Osewold þe kyng (f. 202rc)
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: 289-90.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 155-158v
First Lines:
IN yngelande be alde dawes
Was seuene kinges alsgestis vs schawes…
Last Lines:
…And giue vs grace oure life to lede
þat we þat ioye take to oure mede . Amen .
Editions:
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. c.4 (SC 31791), ff. 3-3v
First Lines:
[ ]g als gest sayes
[ ]gh in north humbland…
Last Lines:
…And of hym selfe litill to m[ ]
And mykyll of god þat has hy[ ]
Note: 6 small fragments from two folios, all damaged and partly unreadable.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 255-261
First Lines:
By olde dawes als I vnderstande
Wore seuen kynges in englande…
Last Lines:
…Nowe god graunte vs þis mekenes
And bryng vs til his blisse endles
Attributed Title: De sancto Oswaldo et quodam heremita (p. 255)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 160-162
First Lines:
IN Engelond be olde dawis
were kingis vij as gestis schawis…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord crist thedir vs wis
Þer ioye witouten ende is Amen
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 108v-111
First Lines:
In Ingelande by ald dawes
Were geuen kynges als iestes schawes…
Last Lines:
…And our lyfe so in meknes lede
Þat we þat ioy haf tyll our mede Amen
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 7rb-7vb
First Lines:
N Engelond bi olde dawes
Were kynges seuene as Ieste schawes…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord crist þidur vs wis
Þer Ioye withouten ende is. Amen
Note: Initial ‘I’ not supplied.
Attributed Title: De hermita & Rege Oswaldo narracio (f. 7rb)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 116v-120
First Lines:
In ynglande be alde daies
Was seuen kynges als gestis vs schewes…
Last Lines:
And gyue vs grace our life swa lede
That we þat ioye take to oure mede. Amen
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 217ra
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 198
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 109rb
12.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 46rb
13.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 132v-135
First Lines:
In england by olde dawis
Ware kyngys seuyn as gest vs schowis…
Last Lines:
…And gyff vs so oure lyfe to lede
Þat we may þare take oure mede
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 132v)
14.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 119-122
First Lines:
In ynglande be hale dawes
Was kynges vii als gest vs schewes…
Last Lines:
…and gyfe vs grace swa oure loyfe to lede
þat we may þare take oure mede
Attributed Title: Of þe lyfe of sant oswald (added by later hand, right margin, f. 119)