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An holy man at preaching sat / And thought that sermon wonder sweet
The Devil in Church, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle ; The Devil in Church
Subjects: Satan; exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), f. 199v
First Lines:
A holy man satt at aprechyng
& had þer of grett lykyng…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu cryst rtow hys myȝt
bryng vs all to heuyn bryȝt
Note: Twelve couplets only.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), f. 114v
First Lines:
A hali man at prechinge gon site
And thoȝt þe prechinge ferli swete…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde vs schelde fra his stelinge
And to þe blisse of heuene vs bringe
Note: Twelve couplets.
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. 186vb-186vc
First Lines:
AN holy mon at Sarmoun seete
And þhouȝte þat sarmoun wonder swete…
Last Lines:
…AMEN I rede we alle synge
ffor of þat blis is non endynge. Amen.
Attributed Title: Hou þe deuel entyset men to slep wen þey scholde hyre godes wordes (f. 186vb)
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: 276.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 183-184
First Lines:
An holi man sat at o prechyng
And had yere of ful grete likyng…
Last Lines:
…Nowe ihesu crist fordo his myght
And bryng vs alle to heuen bright
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, f. 120v
First Lines:
An holi man at a sarmoun sete
& þouhte þe sarmoun wunder swete…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede we alle syng
for of þat blisse is non endyng
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 120v)
6.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 36ra
7.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 83v-84
First Lines:
Ane haly man at a sermon sette
and thoght þe sermon wondyr swete…
Last Lines:
…oure lorde vs schelde fra his be gyllyng
and to þe blysse of heuen vs bryng
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 97v-98
First Lines:
An holy man at sermonne sete
And þoght þe sermonde wondyr swete…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd vs schyld fro his stellynge
And to þe bles of heuyn vs brynge
Note: This MS begins four lines earlier, with last four lines of 4672.
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 97v)