The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 284
An archbishop beyond the sea / was woning in a faire city
The Archbishop and the Nun, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle ; The Archbishop and the Nun
Subjects: nuns; exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 178-183
First Lines:
Of on byschop þat a holy man was
And ȝett hym be tyd a wonder case…
Last Lines:
…And sayfe vs all owt of our syn
And bryng vs to þat ioy þat neuer sall blyn
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 25-30
First Lines:
The ersbisschope beȝonde þe se
Was wonande in a faire cite…
Last Lines:
…And forto come to þat ilk blisse
þare nowe þis bisschope wiþ him is
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 172rb-173ra
First Lines:
AN Erchebisschop bi ȝonde þe see
Was wonynge in a riche Citee…
Last Lines:
…And come wiþ him in to þat blis
Þer nou þis Bisschop wiþ him is. AMEN.
Attributed Title: How a bisschop bylay anonne (f. 172vb)
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.
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 248-52.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 40-47
First Lines:
Of a bischope þat holi man was
and ȝit hym tid a wondre cas…
Last Lines:
…And rayse vs alle oute of oure synne
And brynge vs til þe blisse þat neuer sale blynne
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 56v-60v
First Lines:
An Erchebischop beȝond þe se
was wonyng in a riche cyte…
Last Lines:
…& come wiþ him in to þat blis
þer now þis bischop wiþ him is
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 56v)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 30-32
First Lines:
…And of þat ioy he had tynt
To sla hym selfe he had ment…
Last Lines:
…And for to bryng vs to þat blys
þere euer es yoie with outen mysse
Note: Lines 1-204 missing due to loss of ff. 28-29.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 23v-28
First Lines:
An archebishop in a rich cyte
Was wonnant by yonde þe see…
Last Lines:
…And come to hym vnto þt blyse
Whare now þis bisshop with hym es
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 160
9.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 25ra-26va
First Lines:
…Sa stuelic[?] again him was
Þe fend þat him feld in place…
Last Lines:
…And cum wit him to þat blisse
Þar nou þis bischop wit him isse
Note: Begins imperfectly at line 145 due to loss of folio(s).
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 78-92 (with lines 1-144 from Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS]).
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 295vb
11.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 1-2
First Lines:
…þat he sulde one a hi fest day
syng þam a messe fast pray þai
þe byschope sone hym vmbethoght
þat syng a messe myght he noȝth
or he ware schryvene of þat syne…
Last Lines:
…þat bytter hys & [ ]
& may a man [ ]
when he was [ ]
Note: Imperfect at beginning due to loss of folios at front of volume; at ends of lines due to torn leaves.
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 15v-20v
First Lines:
A narsebyssehope be ȝon þe se
Was wonnand in a ryche cyte…
Last Lines:
…And com to hym in to þat blis
Whare now þis besschop with hym is
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 15v)