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All that willen of wisdom lere / Listen to me and ye shall hear
The ‘Legend of Ipotis’ — in couplets
Title(s): ‘Legend of Ipotis’
Subjects: legends; dialogues; catechisms, on science and biblical lore
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 61 (SC 6922*), ff. 83-87v
First Lines:
All þat wyll of wysdom lere
lystyns to me & ȝe schall lere
Of a tale of holy wryte
Seynt Iohn þe Apostyll wytnes ite …
Last Lines:
…Here endys þe talkyng
God grante vs all hye blyssyng
Editions:
Shuffleton, George. Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008: 221-32; 505-12; 610-11.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 750 (SC 6621), ff. 148-159
First Lines:
[A]lle þat welyn of wysdam ler
Lestyn to me and ȝe schal her…
Last Lines:
…þus endyth þis talkyng
Ihesu to hys blys vs bryng
Note: At end, ‘Explicit hic totum pro Christo da mihi potum’, by scribe.
Editions:
Gruber, Hugo. Zu dem mittelenglischen Dialog Ipotis. Berlin: Bernstein, 1887.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 323 (SC 21897), ff. 160-167v
First Lines:
Alle þat will of wysdom lere
Herkeneth to me and ȝe schal here…
Last Lines:
…And taketh þat pouert stylle
And þankeþ god al his wille…
Note: Lines 1-495 only; ends imperfectly due to the loss of folios.
Editions:
Gruber, Hugo. Zu dem mittelenglischen Dialog Ipotis. Berlin: Bernstein, 1887.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 296va2-297vc
First Lines:
Alle þat wolleþ of wisdom lere
Lustneþ nou and ȝe may here…
Last Lines:
…God graunt vs alle his swete blessyng
Schrift & hosel and good endyng Amen
Note: Lines 1-495 only; ends imperfectly due to the loss of folios.
Attributed Title: Ypotis (see 1947).
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. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 341-8, 511-26.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. c.3 (SC 30516), ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
On a friday wiȝ milde mode
Godes sone tok flesh and blode…
Last Lines:
…[ ]g hire we weren of bale on bounde
[ ] blessed be þat ilche stounde
Note: Fragment of 62 lines from same original MS as Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson Q.b.4 (SC 16032); damaged and partly unreadable.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson Q.b.4 (SC 16032), ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
[ ] an euel aungel [ ]
[ ] ansuerede wiz milde mod…
Last Lines:
…And louede god in alle wyse
And leuede and [ ]de in his seruise
Note: Fragment of 12 lines, on a fragment of a folio, almost illegible; from same original MS as Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. c.3 (SC 30516).
Editions:
Sutton, Josephine D. “Hitherto Unprinted MSS. of the Middle English ‘Ipotis’.” PMLA 31 (1916): 114-60: 114-53.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.7 (29), ff. 1-4v
First Lines:
…And sithe one of his rybbys gan he take
And made Eue ther of to bene his make…
Last Lines:
…And he wolde ones asken a leche
he schoulde be saued be hys speche…
Note: Begins and ends imperfectly.
Editions:
Sutton, Josephine D. “Hitherto Unprinted MSS. of the Middle English ‘Ipotis’.” PMLA 31 (1916): 114-60: 114-53.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.2.18 (61), ff. 95va-99rb
First Lines:
Alle þat willen of wisdom lere
Lestneþ to me & ȝe mowe here
Off a tale of holy writte
Seint Iohn þe wangelyst witnesse hit…
Last Lines:
…And graunt to vs þat it so bee
And seiþ all ȝe amen amen for Charitee
Note: More than half of f. 97 cut out, with loss of text.
Attributed Title: Here endeþ the Booke off Ipotyse (f. 99rb)
Editions:
Sutton, Josephine D. “Hitherto Unprinted MSS. of the Middle English ‘Ipotis’.” PMLA 31 (1916): 114-60: 114-53.
Suchier, Walther. L’Enfant Sage. Gesellschaft für romanische Literatur 24. Dresden, Halle: Niemeyer, 1910: 465-89.
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 87va-88va
First Lines:
Alle þat wolleþ of wisdom lere
Lustneþ nou and ȝe may here…
Last Lines:
…God graunte vs alle his swete blessyng
Schrift and hosel and good endyng. Amen
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 264ra-268rb
First Lines:
All þat wille of wysdom lere
Herkeneþ to me & ȝe schulle her…
Last Lines:
…God leue þat so mote we
Amen Amen for charite
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Ipotyse (f. 268rb)
Editions:
Sutton, Josephine D. “Hitherto Unprinted MSS. of the Middle English ‘Ipotis’.” PMLA 31 (1916): 114-60: 114-53.
Suchier, Walther. L’Enfant Sage. Gesellschaft für romanische Literatur 24. Dresden, Halle: Niemeyer, 1910: 465-89.
11.Source: London, British Library Arundel 140, ff. 1-5
First Lines:
Alle that wolle wysdam her
Herkenyth me now & ȝe may her…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen say we now alle
Þat it mot so by falle
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 79v-83ra
First Lines:
He þat wyll of wysdome lere
herkeneth now & ȝe may here
Of a tale of holy wryte…
Last Lines:
…God ȝeue grace þat so mote we
Sayth all amen for charyte
Note: ‘Explycit’ by scribe at end, lower margin f. 83ra.
Attributed Title: Ypotys (f. 79v, by scribe in upper margin, and as RT on verso leaves thereafter); Ypotis (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 341-8, 511-26.
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Titus A.XXVI, ff. 163-172v
First Lines:
…And euery prynce had his partye
The emperour sayde be hewyn kyng…
Last Lines:
…and serwy god in all wyse
And here Endyth Epotyse
Note: Missing lines 1-99.
14.Source: York, York Minster Library XVI.L.12, ff. 58-69v
First Lines:
Listenes to me and ȝe may heere
all þat wil of wiisdom leere…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen for charitee
God graunt þat it so mote be
Attributed Title: Explicit ypotyse (f. 69v)
Editions:
Gardiner-Scott, Tanya. “The Missing Link: An Edition of the Middle English ‘Ypotis’ from York Minster MS XVI.L.12.” Traditio 46 (1991): 235-59: 242-59.
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk], ff. 5-14v
First Lines:
All þat wylle of wysdam lere
lystyn to me and ȝe xall here…
Last Lines:
…Thus ȝendyth the talkyng
God ȝyffe vs all hys blyssyng
Editions:
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. A Commonplace Book of the Fifteenth Century. Norwich: Kerrison, Goose, 1886: 20-46.