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Seely berne that not is gone
The Psalter in couplets
Subjects: scripture texts, Engl. trans. of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 425 (SC 2325), ff. 1-66; 72-93
First Lines:
Noght funden in me wickednes
þat in mouth noht speke men werkes…
Last Lines:
…loues him in chimbes of mirie and blis
Alkin gaste loue louerd þat is
Note: Missing Psalms 1-15; between psalms cviii and cix, on ff. 66v-70v are English poetical versions of the Four Sequences or Capitula from the Gospels; at the end: ‘Qui scripsit carmen sit benedittus Amen’.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 921 (SC 3027), ff. 1-99v
First Lines:
Seli bern þat noght is gane
In þe rede of wicked mane…
Last Lines:
…Loues him in chimbes of mirþe and blisse
Alkyn gast loue louerd þat isse
Note: Psalms start with Latin first lines.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 278, ff. 1-90
First Lines:
Seli beern þat nouht is gon
In þe red of wichked man…
Last Lines:
…Looues him in chimbes of miryly and blisse
Alle kingost looue louerd þat isse
4.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian D.VII, f. 1
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.130-273.
Stevenson, Joseph. Anglo-Saxon and Early English Psalter. 2 vols. Surtees Society 16 (1843), 19 (1847).
5.Source: London, British Library Egerton 614, ff. 2-99
First Lines:
Seli beerne þat noght is gan
In þe red of wicked man…
Last Lines:
…Heryhes him in bimbes of mirthis þat isse
Lett iche gast heryhes louard hysse
Note: Large initial has been cut away. This has also removed the initial letters of the words ‘Seli’ and ‘in‘, which have subsequently been replaced by a later hand (f. 2).
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.130-273.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 1770, f. 158
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 2.130-273.