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It was a knight beyond the sea / That rich man was wont to be
The Virgin Mary comes to the Devil instead of his Victim, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: Cf. 85, 3913.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Virgin Mary, miracles of; devil
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 169rb-169va
First Lines:
HIt was a kniht bi ȝonde þe see
Þat riche mon was wont to be…
Last Lines:
…AMEN I rede alle we synge
ffor of þat blisse is non endynge
Attributed Title: De milite depauperato dilgente matrem domine (f. 169rb)
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: 244.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 87v-89
First Lines:
It was a kniȝt beȝonde þe se
þat riche man was wont to be…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen i rede we synge
ffor of þat ioye es nane endinge
Editions:
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 170-173
First Lines:
Þere was a knyght in a contre
Þat riche man was wonte to be…
Last Lines:
And at oure endyng sche gete vs mede
In heuen blisse for oure gode dede Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio de quodam milite seducto par diabolum sed liberato par beatam Marian (p. 170)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], ff. 112-113
First Lines:
Þer was a knyht be ȝond þe se
Þat a riche man was wonid to be…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede alle we synge
for of þat blisse is non endynge
Note: Division between this and preceding 3391 occurs 2 lines earlier in this MS.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 176v
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 81-82v
First Lines:
It was a knyght be yonde þe se
That riche man was wonte to be…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede we all synge
ffor of that blyse bes na endynge
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 147v
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 29va
9.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, f. 83v
Editions:
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Contributions to Early English Literature. London: for private circulation, 1849: No. 3, 20-4.
Hazlitt, William Carew. Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England. London: J. R. Smith, 1864-6: 2.16-20.
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 84v-85v
First Lines:
Hyt was knytht by ȝond þe se
þat ryche man wos wont to be…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede we all synge
ffor þayr is blys with oute endynge
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 84v)
11.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 71-72v
First Lines:
It was a knyght be ȝond þe se
þat ryche man was wont to be…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede we all syng
for of þat blysse bes nan endyng
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 84v)