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IMEV 1642
NIMEV 1642
It was a man as I heard say / That to Saint James took the way
The Pilgrim to St. James, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For another version, see 4620.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; legends; miracles
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 173-176
First Lines:
yt was aman ose I herd say
þat to sant Iamys toke the way…
Last Lines:
…Our lord be þat way vs lede
To heuyn blys to take our mede
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 170rb-170va
First Lines:
HIt was a mon as I herde say
þat to seint Iames hiȝt his way…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord beo þis wei vs lede
To heuene and quit vs þer vr mede 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: 245.
Boyd, Beverly May, ed. Middle English Miracles of the Virgin. New York: Columbia UP, 1955; San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1964: 18-23.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 17-19
First Lines:
It was a man als i ȝow saye
þat to saynte Iames toke þe waye…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde be þis gate vs lede
To heuene & graunte it vs to mede
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 25-29
First Lines:
It was a man als I herd say
Þat til seynt James hight his way…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde be þat way vs lede
Til heuene blisse to take oure mede Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio de peregrino sancti Jacobi (p. 25)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 50-52
First Lines:
It was a man as I herd say
Þat to seynt James behihte his way…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord be þis way vs lede
to heuene & quyte vs þer oure mede Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 50)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 21-23
First Lines:
It was aman als I harde say
Vnto sant Jame heght hys way…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde by þat ilk way vs lede
Tyll heuen & gyfe vs þar oure mede Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 21)
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 229
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 28010, f. 16
9.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, ff. 7rb-7vb
First Lines:
IT was a man as I ȝow say
Þat to saynt Iames toke þe way…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord be þis gat vs lede
to heuen & graunted it vs to med Amen
10.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 23va-24rb
First Lines:
Þis man wend þat sain Iam ware
he And said lauerd ic am al yare…
Last Lines:
…Our lauerd in þis wai us lede
Til hem and yeld us þar our med
Note: No break in this MS between this and preceding 6049.
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 5-9.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 8-10
First Lines:
Hyt was Aian as I herd say
þat to seynt Iame heght hys way…
Last Lines:
…Oure louerd in þys wey vs lede
To heuyn and ȝeld vs þer oure mede
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 8)