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Love God over all thing
Love God, thyself, thy friend and thy foe (4 lines), a tag in the Fasciculus morum
Note: The verses are the same in each of two variant contexts in the Fasciculus: see Wenzel (1978), 158-9, 193-4.
Subjects: advice, spiritual; sermons, verse in
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 196b
Transcription:
þu loue god ouer all þyng
sythen þy selue with oute synnyng
After þy frende as kynde þe teche
And þenne þy foo with outen wreche
Note: B context; written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 22v
Transcription:
Where he lofe god ouer all thyng
Kepe hym self with oute synnyng
Where he lofe his frend os kynde doth teche
And wylle his foo no maner of wreche
Note: A context, variant.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 158.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 75v
Transcription:
Than loue god ouer all thyng
Sithyn þi self with oute synnyng
Sithyn þi frend or kynyng techet
And þenne þi fo with oute wreche
Note: B context; written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 111 (SC 1550), f. 94v
Transcription:
Loue god þu man ouer all thinge
Sithen thy self with oute sinning
Sithen þy frynde as kynde the teth
Afterward þy foo with outyn any wreth
Note: A context; written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 31
Transcription:
Wher he loue god ouer all þyng
kepe hym fyl sylf with out synnyng
Wher he loue as loue dotȝ teche
And his foo no maner wreche
Note: A context, variant.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 152v
Transcription:
thu loue god ouer alle thynge
sithen thi self withoute synnyng
Sithen thi ffrende as knynge techeth
And then thi ffo withouten wreche
Note: Written as prose, B context.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 41v
Transcription:
Loue god ouer alle þyng
Sethen þy selfe with outen synnyng
Sethen þi frend as kynde þe teches
After þy fo with outen wreche
Note: A context.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 158.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 128v
Transcription:
Þow loue god ouer all þing
Syþyn þy selfe with-owte synyng
Syþyn þy frende as kynd þe teche
Þan þy foo with outen wreche
Note: B context.
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 193.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 32
Transcription:
loue god ouer alle thyng
þi selue with outen lesyng
Syne þi frend als kynd þe tech
after þi foo with outen wrecche
Note: A context.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 79v
Transcription:
þu loue god ouer all thyng
be þi selue wyth outen synnyng
Sychen þi frend os kynd þe teche
& þen þi foo wyth outen wreche
Note: B context.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, f. 32va-32vb
Transcription:
Loue þou god ouer alle þynge
Sythyn þi self wyth outyn synnyng
Sythyn þi frend as kynde it techyth
And þan þi foo wiþ oute wreche
Note: Variant; A context.
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 364/619, ff. 36vb-37ra
Transcription:
Loue god ouer al þyng
Stheyn þi self with outen sinnyng
Sethyn þi frend as kende techyt
Afterward þi foo with outen wreche
Note: B context. Second occurrence in this MS, listed as a variant text by Wenzel (1978), p. 193, but actually just the usual text (Wenzel does not note the first occurrence).
13.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 55
Transcription:
loue god a ouer all thynge
Sithen þi selfe wyt owtyn ony synnynge
Sythen þi frend als kynde þe teche
Aftyr þi ffo wyt owtyn wreche
Note: Written as prose; A context.
14.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 170v
Transcription:
Þou luf god owr all thynge
Sithene þi self with owtyn syninge
Sithene þi frende as kynde þe tech
Þan Þi foo wyt owtyn wrech
Note: Written as verse, B context.
15.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 64v
Transcription:
[Loue] God ouer alle þingge
Himself withouten wemme of senningge
His euene cristene as kinde þe wile teche
Þi fo withouten wiling of oni wreche
Note: Occurs separately in Grimestone’s sermon notebook.
Attributed Title: De Hostibus (f. 64v)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 19.
16.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 49
Transcription:
love thou god ouer all thyng
Sen thy self wyth owte synnyng
Sen thy frende as kynde the teche
After thy foo wyth owte wreche
Note: A context.
17.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), ff. 173vb-174ra
Transcription:
Loue god ouer al þyng
Syþen þe sylfe withowt synnyng
Syþen þi frende A j kynd þe th theche
After þy fo with oute wreche
Note: A context.
18.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), f. 217v
Note: B context.
19.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 44
Transcription:
Lofe godd ouer all thyng
Syne thi selfe with oute synnyng
Syne thi frende as godd the teche
After thi fo wyth out wrech
Note: Written as prose.
20.Source: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society M.J.B.14 [olim Maurice Johnson No. LIV], f. 138v
Transcription:
thowe lufe god ouer all th[ing]
Syn thi selfe wythout synnyng
Syne thi frende als kynde the teche
And than thi foo wythouten wrech
Note: Written as prose.
21.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 218va
Transcription:
Þou loue god of alle þyng
Sythen þe sylf with oute schyndyg
Sythen þy frend als kyng þe tech
& þen þy foo wit outen wreche
Note: A context.
22.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 176ra
Transcription:
Now y haue þat i well
godis grame in þy bill
Note: B context.
23.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 23v
Note: A context.
24.Source: Rome, Vatican Ottoboni 626, f. 87
Note: B context.