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DIMEV 5296
NIMEV 3358.55
The gift faileth not with skill
On almsgiving — one couplet translating ‘Nuncquam est manus vacua munere dum mens impletur bona voluntate’ which precedes it in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Note: Gregory the Great, Homilia, PL 76, col. 1094.
Author(s): John Grimestone
Subjects: almsgiving; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 51
Transcription:
Þe ȝefte faliȝet nouth with skil
Þerquiles þe herte is of good wil
Attributed Title: De Eleemosyna (f. 51)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 16.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 51v
Transcription:
Þe ȝifte of hand faliȝet nout with skil
Þerquiles þe herte is of good wil
Attributed Title: De Eleemosyna (f. 51)
Editions:
Wilson, Edward. A Descriptive Index of the English Lyrics in John of Grimestone’s Preaching Book. Medium Ævum Monographs n.s. 2. Oxford, 1973: 16.