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Saint John tells us a tale
Gospel for the Second Sunday after Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle, with a short Narratio, The Mother of St. Thomas of Canterbury
Note: For the Narratio occurring separately see 5184; for the text of the Gospel in the ‘expanded’ Cycle see 4938.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Thomas of Canterbury, saint; sermon texts, Gospel
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 38-40
First Lines:
Saynte Ione tellis vs a tale
In þis gospell of a bridale…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde lene vs grace þat we maye
Drink wyne wiþ him þat lastis aye
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 176ra-176rc
First Lines:
Seint Ion telleþ vs a tale
In vr gospel of a Bruytdale…
Last Lines:
…Vr lord ȝif vs grace þat we may
Drinke wiþ him wyn þat lasteþ ay. Amen.
Attributed Title: Nupcie facte sunt in Cana Galilee (f. 176ra)
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.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 61-64
First Lines:
SEynt Ione telles vs a tale
In oure godspelle of a bridale…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu til vs ȝou birle þis wyne
In þi grete blisse þat may noght fyne
Attributed Title: Dominica secunda post octavam epiphanie secundum Iohannem (p. 61)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 67-68
First Lines:
…And seþþe whan men drunkin are
þan ȝyue þei hem wyn weykere…
Last Lines:
…oure lord ȝyue vs grace þat we may
drinke wiþ him wyn pat lastiþ ay
Note: Lines 1-48 missing due to lost folio.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 37-39
First Lines:
Sant Iohn tels vs a tale
In oure gospell of a brydall…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord lene vs grace þat we may
Drynk with hym wyne þat lastes ay
Attributed Title: Dominica secunda Post octavas Epiphanie secundum Iohannem (f. 37)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 35-37
First Lines:
Saint Iohn telles vs a taile
In our gospell of a brydaile…
Last Lines:
…Our lorde len vs þat we may
Drynk wyth hym wyne þat lastes ay
7.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 30ra-31ra
First Lines:
sain Ion telles us a talle
In our godspel of a bridale…
Last Lines:
…Our lauerd len us þat we mai
Drinc wit him wyn þat lastes ay
Attributed Title: Dominica prima post octavam epiphanie secundum Johannem (f. 30ra)
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 119-25.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 14va
9.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 9v-11v
First Lines:
Saynt Ion tellys vs a tale
In oure gospell of a brydale…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde len vs þat we may
drynke with hym wyn þat lastes ay
Attributed Title: Dominica prima post octavas Epiphanie Secundum [Io]h[ann]em (f. 9v)
10.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 27v-29v
First Lines:
Seint Ion tellyth vs a tale
In oure gospell of a brydale…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd lene vs grace þat we may
Dryng with hym wyne þat lestyth ay