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DIMEV 3051
IMEV 1862
NIMEV 1862
Lenten ought we to love in lede / and worship it…
Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: sermon texts, Gospel
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 180vb2-181rb
First Lines:
LEnte we ouhte loue in lede
And honouren hit in word and dede…
Last Lines:
…But Crist tok hym to his seruyse
And cristende hym on þis wyse
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.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 62v-65v
First Lines:
LEntine vs aght to loue in lede
And worschipe it in worde & dede…
Last Lines:
…Bot criste toke him to his seruyse
And cristned him apon þis wyse
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:
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. 115-121
First Lines:
LEntene vs owe to luf in lede
ffor it es tyme of oure soule mede…
Last Lines:
…And excites þemon sere wyse
To falle ageyne in þeire folyse
Attributed Title: Dominica prima quadragesime secundum Mathium (p. 115)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, f. 89v
First Lines:
LEnten we auhten louen in lede
and honoure it in word & dede…
Last Lines:
…but crist tok him to his seruise
And cristenid him on þis wise
Note: Break between 1862 and following 62 is 4 lines earlier in this MS, so ends ‘he procurith hem in al wise / to make hem turne to his seruise’.
Attributed Title: Dominica prima quadragesime Euangelium secundum mathium. Ductus est ihesus in desertum a spiritu vt temptaretur &c. (f. 89v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 61v-64
First Lines:
Lenten aght we to loue in lede
And wyschype (sic) it in worde & dede…
Last Lines:
…Bot criste toke hym to hys seruise
And cristen hym on hys kynewysse
Attributed Title: Dominica prima quadragesime secundum lucam (and one line Latin scripture — f. 61v)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 61v-64v
First Lines:
Lenten aght we to loue in lede
And worchip it in worde and dede…
Last Lines:
…Bot cryst tuke hym to his seruys
And crystond hym on his lyue wyse
7.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 23ra
8.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 37-40
First Lines:
Lenten awe we to lufe in dede
and werchipe ytt with worde & dede…
Last Lines:
…bot crist toke hym one þis ken wyse
& cristyned hym tyll Seruyse
Attributed Title: Dominica In quadragessime Secundum Matheum (f. 37)
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 56v-59v
First Lines:
Lentyn we aw to loue in lede
And wirschop hyt with worde & dede…
Last Lines:
…Bot crist tok hym to his seruys
And cristynnyd hym on þys maner wys
Attributed Title: Dominica prima quadragesime (f. 56v)