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DIMEV 528
IMEV 306
NIMEV 306
And of this seed that Satan sawes / A good tale
The Devil as Physician, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle ; The Devil as Physician
Subjects: Satan; physicians
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 189v-191v
First Lines:
A holy hermett som tym þer was
þat wond alon in þe west place…
Last Lines:
…ffrom þat sed crist vs defend
& grawnt vs all þat blys þat meuer sall end
Note: Lacks two introductory lines.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 47-48v
First Lines:
& of þis sede þat sathan sawes
A gude tale saynte Ierome schawes…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde ihesus vs þidir bringe
Amen amen i rede we synge
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], ff. 177rc-177va
First Lines:
And of þat seed þat sathan soweþ
A good tale seint Jerom schoweþ…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord Ihesu þider vs bringe
Amen Amen alle we synge
Note: This MS separates 5982 and 528 two lines later, beginning 528, ‘Off an hermyte an holy mon…’.
Attributed Title: Hou macarye say þe deuel beryng his boystes (f. 177rc; preceding ‘Off An hermyt an holy mon’)
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: 255-6.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 77-80
First Lines:
And howe þe fende sawes þis sede
Þis tale telles Ierome als we rede
An holy heremyte he sais it was
Þat woned alone in a waste place…
Last Lines:
…Pray we to god with prayere mylde
þat fro his sede vs alle he schelde
And þat he noght vpon vs stele
With gostly dra[ ]ke & with daruele
flffro þat sede crist vs defende
and graunte vs blisse þat neuer sale ende
Note: Break between preceding text, 5982, and this comes two lines later in this MS, at ‘An holy heremyte…’.
Attributed Title: Narracio de quodam heremita vidente diabolum euntem ad temptandum religiosos (p. 77)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 73-74
First Lines:
& of þat sede þat sathan sowiþ
a good tale ierom þe wise schewiþ
Off an holi Ermyte in Rome
þat wonid in wildernes him selfe alone…
Last Lines:
…oure lord ihesu thedir vs bringe
Amen amen alle we singe
Note: Break between preceding text, 5982, and this comes two lines later in this MS, at ‘Off an holi Ermyte…’.
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 73)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 44v-45v
First Lines:
Of þis sede þat þat satane sawes
A gud talle Ierom vs schewes
Of a ermyte a haly mane
Þat woned in wyldernes by hym ane…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde Ihesu þeder vs brynge
Amen amen sall we all synge
Note: Break between preceding text, 5982, and this comes two lines later in this MS, at ‘Of a ermyte…’.
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 44v)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 42v-44
First Lines:
Of þis sede þat sathan sawes
A gude tall ȝerom vs schewes…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde ihesus þedir vs brynge
Amen amen sall we all synge
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 168v
Note: Begins with third line.
9.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 34ra-34vb
First Lines:
and of þis sede þat satan sawes
A god tal sain Ierom us schawes…
Last Lines:
…Our lauerd iesus þider us bring
Amen amen we alle sing
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 148-52.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 17rb
11.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 18-19
First Lines:
& off þis sede þat Sathane sawes
a gude tale Saynte Ierome schawes…
Last Lines:
…oure lorde ihesu vs þider bryng
Amen amen I rede we all syng
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 36-37v
First Lines:
And off þis sede þat sathanas sowyth
A gode tale seint ierome vs schowyth…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd ihesu þeddyr vs brynge
Amen I red we all synge