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It was an Earl of much might / Beyond the sea Sir Theobald he hight
Count Theobald, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Theobald, count
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 1032, ff. 1-2v: see 1818.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 189vc-190rb
First Lines:
Hit was an Erl of muche miht
Bi ȝonde þe see sir Tebaut he hiht…
Last Lines:
…Þat is to sey to blisse of heuene
God wisse vs þider þe weies euene. Amen.
Attributed Title: Hou þe foundour off clereuans was saued by a mesel (f. 189vc)
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: 276.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 119-121
First Lines:
It was ane Erile of mikil might
Beȝonde þe se þat theobald hight…
Last Lines:
…þat es at saie to te blisse of heuene
Oure lorde vs þidir lede þe waies euene . Amen .
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. 191-194
First Lines:
It was an erle of mekil myght
Byȝonde þe ce þat Tebande hight…
Last Lines:
…And him & vs til his folde bryng
Þore euer es ioy with outen endyng Amen
Attributed Title: narracio de quodam comite Theobaldo & leproso per ipsum Sustentatum (p. 191)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 124-125
First Lines:
It was an Erl of moche myght
be ȝond þe se þat Teband hight…
Last Lines:
…Þat is to þe blisse of heuene
God wisse vs thedir þe weyes euene Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio (p. 124)
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 189va
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 187
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 91rb
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 37rb
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 101v-103
First Lines:
Hit wos an erl off moche myght
By ȝonde þe se þat tybande hyght…
Last Lines:
…Þat is to say to þe bles off heuyn
God lede vs þedyr þe ways euyn
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 101v)
10.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 87-89
First Lines:
Itt was a neryll of mykyll myght
be ȝonde þe se þat tebalde hyght…
Last Lines:
… þat es at say to þe blysse of heuene
god lede vs þe way þidyr euene