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Saint Basil telleth soothfastly
The Despised Nun: a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: nuns
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 212vb-213ra
First Lines:
Seint Basyl telleþ soþfastly
Þat in a lond was a Nonneri…
Last Lines:
…God ȝiue vs grace hit clene to bringe
To heuene riche þer crist is kyng. Amen.
Attributed Title: Of a nonne þat feynede heore self a foul (f. 212vb)
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. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 308.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 337-341
First Lines:
Seynt Basyl telles sothfastly
Þat in a lande was a nonnery…
Last Lines:
…God graunte vs grace it clene to bryng
Til heuen blisse at oure endyng
Attributed Title: A Tale (added to margin by a modern hand, p. 337)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 204-206
First Lines:
SEynt Basil telliþ soþfastli
Þat in a lond was a nonneri…
Last Lines:
…God graunte vs grace it clene to bringe
to heuene blisse at oure endinge
Attributed Title: Narracio (added to right margin by a later hand, f. 204)
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 16vc-17rb
First Lines:
SEint Basyl telleþ soþfastly
Þat in a lond was a Nonneri…
Last Lines:
…God ȝiue vs grace hit clene to bringe
To heuene riche þer crist is kynge Amen
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 222v
6.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 61ra
7.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 177-179
First Lines:
Saynte basyll tels soith fastly
þat in a lande was a Nunry…
Last Lines:
…God gyfe vs grace ytt clene to bryng
Tyll heuene ryke þar criste es kyng
Attributed Title: Nota narratio (added, right margin, f. 177)
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 187v-189v
First Lines:
Seint basill tellyth sothfastly
Þat in a land wos a nunry…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede we all syng
ffor off þat ioy is none endyng
Attributed Title: relacio (f. 187v)