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Oft then have ye heard tell
Euangelium in vigilia Sancti Iohannis Baptiste’ in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For the version in the ‘expanded’ Cycle see 2514.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: sermon texts, Gospel
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 238-239v
First Lines:
Offt þan haue ȝe herd tell
Baþe in tale & in spell…
Last Lines:
…Before criste sall he graithe þe waie
& rightwise folk to him puruaie
Editions:
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 139v-140v
First Lines:
Often haue I herd telle
boþe in talking & in spelle
þat seynt Iohn þe Baptist…
Last Lines:
…Be forn god he schal greythen þe way
and gode men to him puruay
Note: No division marker between this and the following text, 5035.
Attributed Title: In die Natiuitatis sancti Iohannis Baptiste Precursoris nostri ihesu cristi (f. 139v)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 154v-155v
First Lines:
Of tyme haf ȝe hard tell
Both in tale and in spell…
Last Lines:
…By for cryste sall be grayth þe way
And ryght wys folk tyll heuen purway
Attributed Title: In vigilia natiuitatis sancti iohannis baptiste… (f. 154v)
4.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 202v-204v
First Lines:
Offt haue ȝe herd tell
Both in talkyn and in spell…
Last Lines:
…Be for crist schall he gray þe way
And ryghtwyse folk to hym puruay
Attributed Title: In vigilia sancti Iohannis baptiste secundum Lucam (f. 202v)