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DIMEV 5161
IMEV 3290
NIMEV 3290
That may ye see by a lady
The Abbess who went with Child: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For other MSS which place the rubric eighteen lines earlier see 3438; for another version, see 6660.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: nuns; Virgin Mary, miracles of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 193-195v
First Lines:
Of on ded I wyll for þi
schew yow of hys grett mercy…
Last Lines:
…To þat blys þer Ioy ys ay
God graunt yt vs at our last day
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 178rb-178va
First Lines:
ÞAt may we seo by a ladi
Þat was In a Nonneri…
Last Lines:
…In to þat court þer heo is Qwene
Þider heo bringe vs alle bi dene. Amen.
Attributed Title: Hou on abbesse wyt chylde was delyuered þorou vr lady (f. 178rb)
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: 257.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 87-90
First Lines:
It was an abbes of a nonnery
Þat mekil honoured oure swete lady…
Last Lines:
…To þat blisse þere sche is ay
God graunte vs þat at oure ded day
Attributed Title: Narracio de quodam abbatissam pregnante & liberata per sanctam Mariam (p. 87)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 77-79
First Lines:
And þat may ȝe se be a ladi
Þat was abbes of a Nunneri…
Last Lines:
…In to þat court þer sche is quene
þedir sche bringe vs alle be dene
Attributed Title: narracio (margin, f. 77)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 48v-50v
First Lines:
Þat may ȝe se by a leuedy
þat was abbas of a Nunry
Bot als scho went opon a day
about þe nedes of hyr abbay…
Last Lines:
vnto þat court þare scho es qwene
þidere scho bryng vs all by denne
Note: Break between this and preceding 139 is two lines later in this MS, so 3290 begins, ‘Bot als scho went opon a day…’
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 48v)
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 143ra
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 47v-48v
First Lines:
That may we se be a lady
That was abbas of a Nunnry…
Last Lines:
…That wyfes shuld on þe morn hir loke
ffor þe bysshop agaynes þe morne…
Note: The item is incomplete: it appears that one folio is missing. There is a catchword at the bottom of f. 48v indicating that the word at the beginning of the next folio should be ‘somonde’. However, the next folio instead goes straight into the next homily (3106-6).
8.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , f. 36va-36vb
First Lines:
Þat may ye se bi a lefdy
Þat was abbes of a nunrye…
Last Lines:
…Þat þai haued chesoun hir again
And wit þair letteres prayed þaye…
Note: This MS marks the begining of 3290 two lines later, beginning, ‘Bot als scho…’ (i.e. treats first two lines of this as last two of 169); ends imperfectly: last 87 lines missing due to loss of folio(s).
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 164-67 (with lines 88-172 from Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31).
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
9.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 18vb
10.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 22v-24v
First Lines:
þat may ȝe se be a lauedy
þat was abbas of a Nunery…
Last Lines:
…Vnto þat curte þare sche es quene
Thider scho bryng vs all be dene
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 41v-43v
First Lines:
Þat may we se by a leuedy
Þat abbas wos off a nunry…
Last Lines:
…In to þat court whar scho is quene
þeddyr scho bryng vs all be dene
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 41v)
Editions:
Corbett, Maryann. “A Manuscript Study and Edition of Selections from the Northern Homilies” 2 vols. Diss. Minnesota, 1981: 1.99.