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An Hermit woned in the wilderness / That proved his disciple buxomness
The Obedient Servant, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle ; The Obedient Servant
Subjects: exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), f. 204v
First Lines:
AN herymet wenyd in a wylderneys
& tagh hys dyscypyll in buxumneyse…
Last Lines:
…& gyf vs grace to be buxum
& tyll hys endles blys to com
Note: Fourteen couplets.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 132v-133
First Lines:
Ane Ermite woned in wildirnes
þat prouid his dissipil bowsomness…
Last Lines:
…And giue vs grace to be bowsome
þat we to heuene to him maye come
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. 192vb1
First Lines:
An hermite woned in wildernes
[A]nd preued his disciple Boxumnes…
Last Lines:
…And ȝiue vs grace to beo boxume
And wiþ Boxumnes to him come. Amen.
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: 279.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. c.3 (SC 30516), f. 2ra-2rb
First Lines:
Ane ermet wald in wildirnes
proue his discipill buxomnes …
Last Lines:
…& gyf ws grace to be buxom
þat we to [ ]en with hym may com
Note: Damaged, partly illegible.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lat. misc. b.17 [olim Robartes], no. 152 (two leaves), f. 1v
First Lines:
Ane ermet was in wyldirnese
And proued he disciplis in buxumnesse…
Last Lines:
… Bot if god gyf vs grace þare to
Þe gyft of grace ryth likand is…
Note: Corresponds to Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), fols. 132-132v (= first 37 lines); imperfect at end because a fragment; 18½ couplets.
Attributed Title: A Tale (rubric, in margin; f. 1v)
Editions:
Nevanlinna, S. “A Note on the Robartes MS of the Northern Homily Collection.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 67 (1966): 58-66: 58-66.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 215-216
First Lines:
An heremyte wolde in wildirnes
Proue his disciple in buxomnes…
Last Lines:
…And gif vs grace to be buxome
And til his endles blisse to come
Attributed Title: Narracio de herem[ite] probante disscipulum suum (p. 215)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 134-134v
First Lines:
An Ermyte wonid in wildernes
& preuid his disciplis buxomnes…
Last Lines:
…& ȝeue vs grace to ben buxome
and with buxumnes to him come
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 134)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 90-90v
First Lines:
Ane hermyte wonned in wyldernes
þat proued hys disciple bluxsomnes (sic)…
Last Lines:
…And gyfe vs grace to be buxsome
And with buxsomnes tyll heuen come
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 90)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 95-95v
First Lines:
An hermyte wonned in wildernes
That prouide his dissiples bowsommes…
Last Lines:
…And gyfe vs grace to be bowsome
That we to heuen to hym may come
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 195va
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 193v
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 96ra
13.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 40va
14.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], f. 98v-99
First Lines:
Ane hermet walde in wyldyrnes
Doone hys disciples in buxsomnes…
Last Lines:
…And gyfe us grace to be bouxsome
& þer with all to heuen come
15.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 113-113v
First Lines:
And hermyte wos in wildernys
And prouyd his dyscipill in buxumnys…
Last Lines:
…And gyff vs gras to be buxum
And with buxumnys to hym to cum
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 113)