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IMEV 3254
NIMEV 3254
Take no God but One in heaven
The Ten Commandments, a tag in the Fasciculus morum — 10 lines in couplets
Note: For the four Latin hexameters roughly translated here, see Walther (1969), no. 19669, 9121; and cf. 1814
Subjects: Ten Commandments; sermons, verse in; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 143rb
First Lines:
Take no god but on in heuen
Neme nat hys name yn ydyl steuyn…
Last Lines:
…þy neyburs gud þu ne wille
Ne wyf ne dowtyr for to spylle
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 21v
First Lines:
Take no god but on in heuen
take not his nome In yvel steuen…
Last Lines:
…þi nekburgh good þu shall not wylle
his wyf his doughter þu shalt not spille
Note: Written as prose.
Editions:
Little, Andrew George. Studies in English Franciscan History. Manchester: Manchester UP; London: Longman’s, 1917: 150, n. 1.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 29
First Lines:
Take no god but on in heuyn
Take not his name in ydyll steuen…
Last Lines:
…þy neybour good þu schalt not wylle
hys wyf hys dowter thow schalt nott spyll
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 24rb
First Lines:
Tak noo god bot on in heuyn
Neme noght hys nome in ydyl steuyn…
Last Lines:
…thy neyburs gode ne þou wyll
Ne wyffe ne doghter ne mayden more for to spul
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 39
First Lines:
Take no god but oon in heuen
Neme nouȝt his name in ydel steuen…
Last Lines:
…Þin neyyborus godes þou ne wyll
Ny wyf ne douȝtur for to spylle
Editions:
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 155.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 30v
First Lines:
Worschip no god bot one in heuen
Take not hys name in hidel steuen…
Last Lines:
…þi negthbor gud in no will
No wyff ne doghtre for to spill
7.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 52v
First Lines:
Take no gode bot one in heuene
Neuyne not hys name in ydil steuyne…
Last Lines:
…þi neghbures gude þu ne wyll
ne wyf no doghter for to spill
Note: Written as prose.
8.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 45v
First Lines:
Take noo god but oone in heuen
Nym nott his name in ydel steven…
Last Lines:
…Thes been the hestes of grettest mede
Kepe hem well ȝif thou wultt spede
Note: Six couplets.
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), ff. 172rb-172va
First Lines:
Take non god bute on þu heuene
Neme noth his name in hydyl steuene
Kepe ryȝt wel þy holy day
þy fadur þy modur þu worchep ay…
Last Lines:
…þy nethbours goud þu ne wille
ne wyfe ne þouȝter forto spille
10.Source: London, Gray’s Inn 15, f. 72v
Transcription:
[T]Ake no god but on in hewene
[N]Ame nowth his name in hydis stewene
[L]Oke ryth wel þin halyday
[N]E fals wytnesse þow ne beer
[Þ]Ow schalt don non lecherye
[N]E non thefte of felonye
[Þ]in neyȝebour godus þou ne wille
[N]E wyf ne dowtyr for to spylle
[W]yt hem wel and þou schalt spede
Note: 12 lines, with additional couplet similar to 5103-8. Guide letters indicate unexecuted initial letters.
11.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 175ra-175rb
First Lines:
Take non god bot on in heuene
Nem noȝt his name in ydyl steuene…
Last Lines:
…Þy neghebor god þu ne wille
Ne wyfe ne douȝter for to spille
Editions:
Wilson, J. M. “Worcester Cathedral Library, from the Report of the Librarian, Canon J. M. Wilson.” The Library 4th ser. 2 (1921-22): 257-65: 263.