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Men yearnen gestes for to hear / And romance read in diverse manner
Cursor Mundi — in couplets
Note: For a Prologue and 3 parts in some MSS, see 1155; for separate insertions, see 1285, 1687, 2931, 2945, 3092, 6363.
Title(s): Cursor Mundi
Subjects: treatises, devotional; instruction, religious
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 416 (SC 1479), ff. 66ra-181vb
First Lines:
Men lykyn Iestis for to here
And romans rede in diuers maner…
Last Lines:
…Our fadir make of alle thyng
That nevyr shalle haue endyng
Attributed Title: Here begynnyth the boke of stories callid Cursor mundi (f. 66); Explicit Cursor mundi (at the end)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Fairfax 14 (SC 3894), ff. 4ra-83ra
First Lines:
MEn couettes rimes for to here
& romance rede of mony maner
of alisaunder þe conquerour
of Iuly cesar þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…langage of þe norþern lede
þat can na noþer langage rede
Attributed Title: þis is þe best boke of alle / þe tours of þe werlde men dos hit calle (f. 4ra)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 8-1429 (extracts).
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.8 (588), ff. 1-142v
First Lines:
Men ȝernen iestes for to here
And romaunce rede in dyuerse manere
Of alisaunder þe conqueroure
Of Iulius cesar þe emperoure…
Last Lines:
…Oure fadir maker of alle þinge
Þat neuer shal haue endynge
Attributed Title: Here bigynneþ þe boke of storyes þat men callen cursor mundi (f. 1)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 8-1429.
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian A.III, ff. 2ra-163ra
First Lines:
MAn yhernes rimes for to here
And romans red on maner sere…
Last Lines:
…And steres his cristendame fro
And liuers him to þe find his foo
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 8-1429.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 139-42 (extracts).
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], ff. 3; 32
Note: Fragments: lines 10630-14933 and 17111-17188.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 1ra-148vb; 154va-174va
First Lines:
Men ȝerneþ gestis forto here
And romance Rede in diuers manere
Last Lines:
And sende vs grace þat day to Rise
To blis with þat trew Iustis AMEN
Note: Omits lines 14916-17288 and ends at line 22004.
Attributed Title: Explicit þe begynnyng off þe worlde off þe trenite þe Fadir & Son & holigost þe Making off þe worlde & of adam & Eve & afftir of Noye & So Fro noye to Abraham & So doune þe Genelagy of our lady & þe birth off Crist & his pascion & Resurrexion & So Many oþer dyuers maters & So to þe day of dome & þe Comyng of antecrist & So to þe laste day of Iugement (f. 174v)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 1651-62 (extracts).
7.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 57, ff. 1ra-132va
First Lines:
…Siþþe hit shal be rad ȝow þanne
Of ioachym and of seynt anne…
Last Lines:
…Oure fadir maker of alle þing
Þat neuer shcal haue endyng
A M E N
Note: Lines 1-152 wanting.
Editions:
Horrall, Sarah M., ed. The Southern Version of Curson Mundi. Vol 1. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1978-2000.
8.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland Deposit 313/3633 (deposited by Marquis of Stafford), medieval fragments, f. 1
First Lines:
GOdde with blisfulle beldis
Þat alle þis worlde with wysdome woldis
A[n]d alle þat whylum was bot noght
Þou has vnto sere schapyng broght
And [ ] a man in to du[ ]lle…
Last Lines:
…I trow in myghty god þat wroght
Heuen and erthe and alle of noght
Note: Two binding fragments, portions of bifolia, top and bottom, by same fifteenth-century hand; text beginning line 25684.
9.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 37ra-50vb
First Lines:
…In heuin on heie þan sale I scawe
And signis dune on erþe lawe…
Last Lines:
…Al þat þis bok or heris or redis
Leuedi þaim help in al þair nedis
Note: Fragment, misbound and imperfect at beginning and end(?), with two folios missing between 45 and 46; lines 18989-23944.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 1587-1637.
Ross, C. C. V., ed. “An Edition of Part of the Edinburgh Fragment of the Cursor Mundi.” Thesis. Oxford 1971.
10.Source: Göttingen, Göttingen University Library Theol.107, ff. 1va-114v
First Lines:
…n ȝernis iestis for to here
[A]nd romance rede on mansere
Of alexander þe conquerour
Or Iulius cesar þe emperour…
Last Lines:
…And qua it helis and haldis fra me treuli i ȝu tell
Curced in kirc þan sal þai be wid candil boke and bell
Attributed Title: [ ]ursor mundi (f. 1ra)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 8-1429.
11.Source: Montreal, McGill University Library 142, pp. 1-8
First Lines:
…To him hue clepede wiȝ rewlich [ ]
To hire he sende an aungel fram heuene
And hire to gladie him self he cam
Crist þat of hire flesch nam…
Last Lines:
…Mi sone schal wel ȝelde it þe
Ich schal him bidde wan ich him se…
Note: Fragment of four leaves: lines 20129-20314.