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An Emperor was once in Rome / That was righteous in his doom
Gregory and Trajan’s soul, followed by the story of Alexander and the imprisoned Jews, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Gregory, saint; Jews; Alexander, king; Trajan, emperor; exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), f. 32va-32vb
First Lines:
ȝe may heyr now be a tale
þat I to yow now tell sale…
Last Lines:
…þat we may at our lyfys end
Vnto þe Ioy of heuyn wend
Note: Seventeen couplets: Gregory and Trajan only.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 210v-212v
First Lines:
Ane Emperoure was wonand in rome
þat was rightwise in his dome…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen saye we all samen
þat we may come to ioye & gammen
Editions:
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], f. 211ra-211rc
First Lines:
AN Emperour was onus In Roome
þat was ful rihtwys in his dome…
Last Lines:
…Þat we may at vre liues ende
In to þe blisse of heuene wende. Amen.
Attributed Title: Hou Gregory preyde for a dampned man (f. 211ra)
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: 306-7.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 323-327
First Lines:
An emperoure was ones in Rome
þat was a rightwys man in dome…
Last Lines:
…Þat we may at oure lyfes ende
Vnto þe ioy of heuene wende
Attributed Title: De Trayano imperatore saluato par sanctum gregorium (p. 323)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 198v-200
First Lines:
An Emperour was ones in Rome
þat was a rightwis man in dome…
Last Lines:
…þat we may at oure lyues ende
vn to þe ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: Narracio (added f. 198v)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 140-141v
First Lines:
Ane emperour was ones in rome
þat was rightwys in hys dome…
Last Lines:
…Amen say we all samen
þat we may come tyll ioy and gamen
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 140)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 15va1
First Lines:
AN Emperour was onus in Rome
Þat was ful riht wise in his dome…
Last Lines:
…Þat we may at vre lyues ende
In to þ blis of heuene wende. Amen
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 170v-172v
First Lines:
Ane Emperor was wonaunde in Rome
…Þat was riȝtwise in hys dome
Last Lines:
…Amen amen say we all samene
Þat we may come to Ioye & gamene. Amen.
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 222
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 58vb
11.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 171-172v
First Lines:
Ane emperoure was in rome
þat was full wyse in his dome…
Last Lines:
…þat we may at oure lyfes ende
vnto þe blyse of he heuen wende
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 180-181v
First Lines:
An Emperoure wos in rome
Þat wos full ryghtwyse in his dome…
Last Lines:
…Þat we may at oure lyuys ende
To þe blys off heuyn wende
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 180)