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It was once a hende knight / That slew another knight in fight
The Knight who forgave the Slayer of his Father, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For another version see 846.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle ; The Knight who forgave the Slayer of his Father
Subjects: miracles; tales
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 210rb-210va
First Lines:
Hit was ones a riche kniht
þat slouh anoþer kniht in fiht…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord crist Is þer kyng
ffor his Merci he þider vs bring. Amen.
Attributed Title: Hou a knyt forȝaf anoþur knyt hys fadur ded (f. 210rb)
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: 305.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 205-206v
First Lines:
It was one tyme a hende knight
þat slewe a noþer knight in fight…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde criste þat þare es kinge
ffor his mercie he þidir vs bringe . 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. 314-316
First Lines:
It was ones a riche knyght
Þat anoþer knyght slough in fight…
Last Lines:
…Þat euer sale last with outen endyng
Nowe til þat blisse grete god vs bryng
Attributed Title: narracio de duobus militibus pacificatis in die pasche (p. 314)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 195-195v
First Lines:
It was ones a riche knyght
Þat anoþer knyght slow in fight…
Last Lines:
…not for þi him þought þat tyme
Þat ihesu crist þankid hym
Note: Ends imperfectly because f. 196 missing.
Attributed Title: narracio de duobus militibus pacificatis in die parasceues (f. 195)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 135v-136v
First Lines:
It was onle a hend knyght
Þat slew a noþer knyght in fyght…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord ihesu þat þar ys kyng
ffor hys mercy þeder vs bryng
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 117v)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 14vb-14vc
First Lines:
HIt was ones a riche kniht
Þat slouh a noþer kniht in fiht…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord crist is þer kyng
ffor his Merci he þider vs bring. Amen
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 165-166v
First Lines:
It was a tyme a hend knyȝte
Þat slewe a noþer knyȝte in fiȝte…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord crist þat þair es kynge
ffor hys mercy þeder es brynge
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 221
9.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 57va
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 175v-176v
First Lines:
Hit wos onys a ryche knyght
Þat slow a nothir knyght in fyght…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd crist þat þare is kynge
ffor his mercy þaddyr vs brynge
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 175v)