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DIMEV 4689
IMEV 2996
NIMEV 2996
Saint Mark begins his gospel
Gospel for the First Sunday in Advent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: sermon texts, Gospel
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 3-5
First Lines:
Saynt marke beginnes his gospell
Wiþ wordes þat i will ȝow tell…
Last Lines:
…Of hir a party i will now tell
If þat ȝe will listen to my spell
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 167ra2-167rc
First Lines:
Seint Mark bi ginneþ his gospel
Wiþ wordus þat i wole ȝou tel…
Last Lines:
…Of hire wol a parti telle
Ȝif ȝe wol lustne to my spelle
Note: This MS breaks between 4689 and 6795 twenty-six lines later, ending 4689, ‘Hedde forȝiuenes and mercie’.
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. 3-6
First Lines:
Seynt Marke begynnes his gospelle
With Wordes þat I sale ȝowe tolle…
Last Lines:
…When criste come gostly til hire herte
Of hire synne rise he hire gerte
Attributed Title: Hic incipiunt euangelia exposita in lingua anglicana a dominica prima aduentus & cetera (p. 3)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 40-41v
First Lines:
SEynt mark beginniþ his gospelle
wiþ wordis þat I wile ȝow telle…
Last Lines:
…of hire I wile a parti telle
if ȝe wile listne to my spelle
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 8-10
First Lines:
Saynt marke bygynnes hys spell
Wyt wordys þat I sall ȝou tell…
Last Lines:
…Of hyre will I a party tell
If ȝe wyll ly the and styll dwell
Attributed Title: Inicium sancti euangelii secundum Marcum (f. 8)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 30358, ff. 4-5v
First Lines:
Saynt mark begynnes þus hys gospell
With wordes þat I sall ȝow tell…
Last Lines:
…Yf ȝe will lyth vn to my spell
Of hyr apertly wyll I tell
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 3-5
First Lines:
Sainte Marke begynnes his gospell
With wordes þat I shall þow tell…
Last Lines:
…Iff ȝe will lyth vnto my spell
Of hir apertly will I yow tell
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 1v
9.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 17ra-17vb
First Lines:
[S]Ayn mark byginnes his godspel
Wit wordes þat I wil you tel…
Last Lines:
…Of hir wil ik aperti telle
Yef ye will list and liþe mi spel
Attributed Title: Incipit euangelium domine Secundum Marcum (f. 17ra)
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 9-20.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, ff. 1vb-2va
First Lines:
SAynt Mathew bygynnes hys gospell
With wordes I wyll ȝow tell…
Last Lines:
…Off hyre I wyll a parti tell
Yff þat ȝe wyll lysten to my spell