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DIMEV 5223
IMEV 3317
NIMEV 3317
The Book of Kings tells us
Giezi and Naaman: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle — couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Old Testament, stories from
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 186-187v
First Lines:
The buke of kynges telles vs
þat the prophett Eliseus…
Last Lines:
…þer Ioy & blys ys ay lastyng
Now swett ihesus vs þedder bryng
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 41v-42v
First Lines:
þE boke of kinges tellis vs
How þe prophete helyseus…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde ihesu vs þidir spede
ffor his mercye & þider vs lede . Amen
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 176va-176vb
First Lines:
Þe bok of kynges telleþ vs
Hou þe prophete Helyseus…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord Ihesu crist vs spede
To do penaunce and þider vs lede. Amen.
Attributed Title: Þat spiritualte scholde not be sold (f. 176va)
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: 253.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 67-69
First Lines:
þe boke of kynges telles vs
Howe þe prophete Eliseus…
Last Lines:
…Yore myrth & ioy is ay lastyng
Swete ihesu you þedire vs bryng
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 69-69v
First Lines:
Þe bok of kingis telliþ vs
how þe prophete heliseus…
Last Lines:
…And þat it may so ben
seyth alle Amen Amen
Note: Break between 4714 and 5223 occurs ten lines earlier in this MS, ‘For Gieȝi & al his kynde / as we in þe boke of kingis fynde’.
Attributed Title: Narracio (margin, f. 69)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 40-41
First Lines:
Þe boke of kynges tell vs
How þe prophete helyseus…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord Ihesu criste vs spede
To do penaunce and þider vs lede
Attributed Title: Narracio (margin, f. 40)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 38-39
First Lines:
The buke of kynges telles vs
How þe prophet helyseus…
Last Lines:
…Our lorde ihesu cryst vs spede
To do penaunce and þither vs lede
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 166
9.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 31va-32ra
First Lines:
þe boc of kinges tellis us
Hou þe prophet heliseus…
Last Lines:
…Our lauerd iesu crist us spede
To do penanz and þider us lede
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 130-3.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 15va
11.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 13-14
First Lines:
þis bokes of kynges tellys vs
how þe prophite Elyseus…
Last Lines:
…oure lorde Ihesu criste vs spede
To do penaunce & þider vs lede
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 31-32
First Lines:
Þe bok of kyngys tellyth vs
How þe prophet eleseus…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd ihesu crist vs spede
Penauns to do & þyddyr vs led
Note: No indication of new text at beginning; MS treats this as if part of 4714.