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Listeneth now I will you tell / Of mickle pity I may you spell
The ‘Northern Passion’ — in couplets
Note: For the ‘expanded’ version see 315.
Title(s): ‘Northern Passion’
Subjects: Passion; Christ, Passion of



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 87v-105v
First Lines:
Lystyns lordynges I wyll ȝow tell
Off mekyll pete I may ȝou spell
Off Ihesu þat vs All hath wrouȝt
And seth oure saules dere hath bouȝt…
Last Lines:
…And þat it myȝht so be
Amen Amen for charyte
Attributed Title: Passio domini nostri (f. 87)
Editions:
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 232-74; 512-21; 611-15.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.86 (SC 11951), ff. 1-30v
First Lines:
Off gostly Maters I wyll meve
To yow that are in cristis Beleve…
Last Lines:
…An C dayes also off Indulgence and pardon
And godde off hevynis dere Benysvn
Note: Six unique lines prefixed.
Attributed Title: ffinitur iste liber Sit scriptor liber (f. 30v); Explicit passio domini nostri Ihesu cristi composita a quodam sapientissimo in materna lingua videlicet anglicorum hominibus non intelligentibus scripturarum sensus (f. 30v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.655 (SC 15481), ff. 1-50
First Lines:
Ale þat leueþ on ihesu crist
Vor his loue þanne hauþ list…
Last Lines:
…þat ys to ȝo blysse of heuon
Amen fore hys manis seuen
Note: Includes extracts totalling 260 lines from 4970. At the end: ‘Explycit hic totum pro christo da mihi potum’.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 6-21
First Lines:
…and a man he smot riht tho
his riht ere he nam him fro…
Last Lines:
…þat is to þe blisse of heuene
Amen for his namys seuene amen
Note: Lines 1-560 wanting; ms. missing ff. 1-5, 8-11, 13
Attributed Title: Explicit passio domini nostri ihesu cristi (f. 21)
Editions:
Foster, Frances Allen, ed. The Northern Passion. EETS o.s. 145, 147 (1913, 1916); repr. 1971: (with collation of other MSS).
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 11-43
First Lines:
Herkyns now if ye wille here
Off mycull pyte ye mow lere…
Last Lines:
…Þat is to þe blisse of heue
Amen for his names seuen
Attributed Title: Passio domini (f. 11); Explicit Passio Domini nostri ihesu cristi Quod Dominus Gilbertus Pylkyngton Amen (f. 43)
Editions:
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 186-95.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.1, ff. 122ra-134vb
First Lines:
HErknith alle the wolle þou telle
Of muche pitie in mi spelle…
Last Lines:
…Þat is to þe blisse of heuene
Amen for his names seuene
Editions:
Heuser, Wilhelm, and Frances Allen Foster, eds. The Northern Passion (Supplement). EETS o.s. 183 (1930); repr. 1971: 1-50.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.1.12, f. 43ra-b
First Lines:
Lesnet no I wille you telle
Of michil pyte I may you spele…
Last Lines:
…has mayset marc and luc and Jon
have he corden to hom…
Note: Ten lines addded to original blank space at end of the major text; incomplete.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 167-189v
First Lines:
Lystenys now I wyll ȝowe tell
Of mykell pyte I may ȝow spell…
Last Lines:
…ffor þat is to þe blys of heuyn
Amen for ȝhoure hames seuyn
Attributed Title: Hic incipit pasio domini nostri ihesu cristi (f. 167); Explicit passio deomini nostri ihesu cristi (f. 189v)
Editions:
Foster, Frances Allen, ed. The Northern Passion. EETS o.s. 145, 147 (1913, 1916); repr. 1971: (with collation of other MSS)..
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.4.9, ff. 1-42
First Lines:
Lysten alle I wylle ȝou telle
Of mekyl peyns I may ȝou spelle…
Last Lines:
…Wyth outen ende yere Inne to be
Amen seyth alle for charyte
Attributed Title: Here endyth the Passyoun of ou lorde cryste Ihesu lorde Ihseu þi blyssyd lyfe. helpe & conforte our wreched lyfe. Amen (f. 42)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian D.IX, f. 191
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 215, ff. 161-161v
First Lines:
…And most heghest of dignite Ihesu godnesse was noȝth to seke
He tok a child þat was ful meke And sete hit doun hem among…
Last Lines:
…Ech he louede bet þanne oþer And ladde hem wiþ wordis swete
To þe mount of oliue And saide to hem alle þre
Note: A fragment, a single leaf at end of volume: lines 300-439.
Editions:
Foster, Frances Allen, ed. The Northern Passion. EETS o.s. 145, 147 (1913, 1916); repr. 1971: 2.172-6.
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], f. 33
Note: A fragment: lines 300-439.
Editions:
Foster, Frances Allen, ed. The Northern Passion. EETS o.s. 145, 147 (1913, 1916); repr. 1971: (with collation of other MSS)..
13.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 1031, ff. 1ra-2vb
First Lines:
…To holden in her bali
[ ] þat ilke place…
Last Lines:
…all he seyden on skorning
wol come hir iewis king…
Note: Fragments of two leaves; lines 888-1018, 1143-1272.