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The might of the Father Almighty
The Pricke of Conscience, sometimes attributed to Richard [Rolle of] Hampole
Note: For other MSS see 1953; for the East Midland recension see 5399; for an abridged and altered text see 788; for extracts see 1099, 5628; for a versified list of contents in one manuscripts see 5562.
Author(s): Richard Rolle (attrib.)
Title(s): Pricke of Conscience
Subjects: religious instruction; treatises, devotional
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Untraced, Present whereabouts unknown olim Neale, sold Sotheby’s 1920; Hope Allen Addit. MS III; olim Harmsworth; olim Beeleigh Abbey (Christina Foyle), sold Christie’s June 2000 = Wellesley, MA, Wellesley College Pricke of Conscience [De Ricci 8; Sotheby’s Sale 1922, lot 376]; San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 130 [olim Phillipps 3126], f. 1: East Midlands recension, 5399.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 102 (SC 3490b) [Ker Pastedowns 1744, Lewis & McIntosh MV84], ff. 15; 16
Note: 26 lines.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 41 (SC 6921), f. 1
Note: Missing lines l-62.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 52 (SC 6936), ff. 1-65
First Lines:
þe myth of þe fader almythty
þe wit of þe sone alwitty
And þe godnesse of þe holygost
And oure lord of mythtes most…
Last Lines:
…To whilke place he vs all bringe
þat for vs vouched saue on rode to henge
Note: At the end: ‘Amen’.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 60 (SC 6922), ff. 8-138v
First Lines:
The myȝt of þe fadir almyȝtty
The wisdom of þe sone al wytty
The grace and þe goodnesse of þe holi gost
O god and oo lord of miȝt most…
Last Lines:
…ȝif he hope þat god is almyȝtty
And he þat shal it here oþer see
Note: Last 21 lines missing. Between the lines ‘To eken her peyne for her synne’ (f. 87v) and ‘The eiȝte peyne as þe book sheweþ us’ (f. 104) of Part VI is an insertion of Latin prose which contains 2385.
Attributed Title: Incipit stimulus consciencie a Ricardo Heremitta de Hampole compositus gracie dei subdito terminatur (f. 8)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 99 (SC 1944), ff. 8v-156v
First Lines:
þE myht of þe fadyr al myhty
þe wyt of þe sone al wyhty…
Last Lines:
…To þe qwilk place he us bryng
þat for us on rode hyng
Note: Ends imperfectly at line 8837.
Attributed Title: Incipit liber qui vocatur stimulus conciencie (f. 8v); Explicit liber qui vocatur stimulus conciencie (at the end)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 14 (SC 1615), ff. 1-158v
First Lines:
The myȝt of the fader almygty
the wyt of the sone al wytty…
Last Lines:
…In to þat place he ous fonge
That for oure hele in rode gan honge
Attributed Title: Hic incipit quidam tractatus magistri Poberti Grosthed episcopi quondam lincolinensis doctoris que egregii in theologia & vocatur Stumulus consciencie (f. 1)
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 87 (SC 1688), ff. 1-133v
First Lines:
þE myth of þe fader al mythti
þe wisdam of þe sone al witti…
Last Lines:
…Amen Amen seyth ȝe
Yinge And elde par charite
Attributed Title: Here endit þe tretis þat is þe kye of knowyng (at the end)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 87 (SC 1688), f. 8
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 126 (SC 21700), ff. 1-68v
First Lines:
ÞE myȝth of fadyr almyȝthy
þe wyt of þe sone al wytty…
Last Lines:
…þe xiii is bondes of feer brennande
In wich þey schul be bounden foot and hande
Note: Ends imperfectly.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit stimulus consciencie (f. 1)
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 141 (SC 21715), ff. 1-129v
First Lines:
þE myȝt of þe fader al myȝti
þe wyt of þe sone al wytti…
Last Lines:
…To whyche place he vs alle brynge
þat for vs voched saue on rode to hynge
Attributed Title: Stimulus conscientie (f. 1), Explicit tractatus qui dicitur stimlus conscientie. Here endeþ þe tretys þat ys called þe prykke of consciense. Here endeþ þe sermon þat a clerk made þat was clepyd alquyn to Gy of warwyk (at the end)
11.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 157 (SC 21731), ff. 1-114v
First Lines:
THe myghtte of þe ffader almyghtty
The wytte of þe sone alwytty…
Last Lines:
…To wheche place he vs brynge
þat of nouȝt made alle þynge
Attributed Title: Incipit stimulus consciencie (f. 1), Explicit stimulus consciencie (at the end)
12.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 76 (SC 3679), ff. 1-127
First Lines:
The myȝth of the Fader almyȝty
The wysdom of the sone alle witty…
Last Lines:
…To whiche place he vs bryng
That on rode for vs wold hyng
Attributed Title: Here endith the pryk of Conscience (f. 127)
13.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 88 (SC 3509), ff. 1-127
First Lines:
He sayþ in his wordes leued þey
An loued his louynge as þey coude sey…
Last Lines:
…To þe whyche place he vs alle brynge
þat for oure loue made heuen& erthe & alle þynge
Note: Missing lines 1-319.
Attributed Title: Here endeth the tretys that ys called the prykke of concience (at the end)
14.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 265rc2-284ra
First Lines:
ÞE miht Of þe ffader Almihti
Þe Wit Of þe sone Al witti…
Last Lines:
…To whuche place he vs alle bringe
Þat for vre hele on Roode can hinge Amen
Attributed Title: Prikke of conciens hette þis book / Hose wole mai rede and look (f. 265rc; see 4401)
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.
15.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Junius 56 (SC 5167*), ff. 1-120v
First Lines:
And to loue and drede and leten al ylle
Many men han likyng tryfels to here…
Last Lines:
…ne þe moder on þe same manere
of þe dauȝter þat was her dere
Note: Missing lines 1-181 and ends at line 8426.
16.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 486 (SC 1186), ff. 1-122
First Lines:
The myȝt of þe fader al myȝty
The wytte of þe sone al wytty…
Last Lines:
…To whuche place he vs alle bryng
That for our hele on ronde gan kyng
Attributed Title: Stimulus consciencie (f. 1)
17.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson A.366 (SC 15460), pp. 1-250
First Lines:
The myght of the fader al myghty
The wit of the sone al witty…
Last Lines:
…Bote ȝit al thise blisses that ȝe haue herd me neuene
Ben as nought to regard to the blisses of heuene
Note: Ends imperfectly at line 8998.
18.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.35 (SC 11901), ff. 1-117v
First Lines:
The mygh of þe fader al my[ ]
The wyt of þe sone al wytty…
Last Lines:
…þat þey mowe to heuene cyte
were euere more Ioy & blysse ys plente Amen
19.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.319 (SC 12175), ff. 1-138v
First Lines:
Hon strong god is & mitthi
Hon man greued god þat dot not wele…
Last Lines:
…ffor if we schuld neuer helle se
Ne sinne schuld ne uere punched be
Note: Missing lines l-l29 and ends at line 9510.
20.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.891 (SC 12725), ff. 1-127
First Lines:
Of such filþe man maked es
Of þis shulde eche man here haue mynde…
Last Lines:
…To qwilk place he vs bryng
þat of nouȝt made alle þing
Note: Missing lines 1-427. The last section, ‘De poenis purgatorii’, is written after the last lines on ff. 111v-127.
21.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.913 (SC 13679), f. 9
First Lines:
þis worschip schal þai haue þat pas
Alle worschipe here þat euere was…
Last Lines:
…[ ] myȝt telle
[ ] se ouȝt
Note: Single leaf, mostly unreadable (first of two fragments from two different MSS).
22.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson D.913 (SC 13679), f. 62
First Lines:
[ ]rede of deþ þat he efte schulde drye
[ ] for peynes þat he say wiþ his eyȝe…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ betils of yren hote glowande
þe tenþe payne is gnawyng wr[ ]
Note: Single leaf, partly unreadable (second of two fragments from two different MSS).
23.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 138 (SC 14632), ff. 1-112v
First Lines:
THe myth of þe ffadyr Al myghty
þe wyt of þe sone al wytty…
Last Lines:
…To þat schynyng blysse bryng vs he
þat wyt hys blod bowte vs on þe rode tre
Note: On f. 1: ‘Assit principio sancta Maria meo’.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber vocatur stimulus concientie [N]omen scriptoris saluet deus omnibus horis (at the end)
24.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 139 (SC 14633), ff. 1-119
First Lines:
HEr byginneþ in presence
The book cald pricke of conscience
þe myȝt of þe fader almyȝti
þe wyt of þe sone alwitti…
Last Lines:
…To þe whiche place he vs alle brynge
þaat for our hele on rode can hynge
25.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 175 (SC 14667), ff. 1ra-55rb
First Lines:
þe myght of þe fader all myghty
þe witt of þe son all witty…
Last Lines:
…Till whilk place he vs all bryng
þat for vs vouched safe on rode to hyng
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus qui dicitur stimulus consciencie / Here endes þe tretyce þat es called þe pryk of conscience (at the end)
26.Source: Oxford, St John’s College 57, ff. 1-135
First Lines:
The miȝte of the ffadir Almyȝty
The witt of the son all witty…
Last Lines:
…To þe wiche plase he vs brynge
That vouche saff for vs on rode to hyng Amen
Note: Followed on ff. 135v-137 by extracts from the PC ommitted from the preceding text.
Attributed Title: Explicit stimulus consciencie (f. 135)
27.Source: Oxford, St John’s College 138, ff. 1-126v
First Lines:
Dauid seyth thus as wretyn is
Men wendyn a wey erly as gres…
Last Lines:
…And felle schendty þes of helle also
That arn erant contrarie they fo
Note: Missing lines 1-721.
28.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 15, f. 1
29.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 16A, f. 1
Note: Preceded by a unique Prologue of 22 lines.
30.Source: Oxford, University College 142, ff. 4-125v
First Lines:
THe myȝthe of the fader al myȝthy
The wit of the sone al wytty…
Last Lines:
…To whyche place he vs bryng
þat for oure loue made al þing
Attributed Title: stimulus consientie (added fifteenth to sixteenth century, f. 4); Explicit stimulus consciencie (scribal, f. 125v)
31.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 6693 [olim Ashburnham App. 236], ff. 1-179
First Lines:
T[ ] þe fadir al myȝthi
[ ] þe sone al witty
[ ] of þe holy goost
[ ] of myȝtis moost…
Last Lines:
…To which place he vs tille bryng
Þat for vs feuchid saue on roode to hyng
Note: First page badly worn, with loss of text as indicated.
32.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.11.89, ff. 9-162
First Lines:
Þe myth of þe fadur almyȝty
þe wytte of þe sonne al wytty…
Last Lines:
…To wyche place he vs al bryng
þat for vs vouched saue on rode to hyng
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus qui dicitur stimulus consciencie…Here endeþe þe tretys þat ys cald þe prykke off conciense (f. 162); Here endeþe þe sermon þat a clerk made þat was cleput Alguyn Togwy of Warwyk (f. 162)
33.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.12.69, ff. 37-97v
First Lines:
Þe myth of þe fader almyghti
þe wit of þe sone a wytti…
Last Lines:
…To the whiche ioye he vs brynge
þat of noȝth haþ made alle þynge
Attributed Title: Hic incipit stimulus consciencie (f. 37)
34.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.2.17, ff. 2-145
First Lines:
…Off many thynges I knowe and se
That has bene and is & yet shalbe…
Last Lines:
…ffor ther in may he many thynge se
That has bene and is and yet shal be
Note: Missing lines 1-178; ff. 3-6 missing; at end, ‘ffinito libro reddatur gloria christo’ f. 145.
35.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 386/606, ff. 1-96
First Lines:
The mygth of þe fader almythy
& þe wytt of þe sone al wytty…
Last Lines:
…To qweche yoȝe god hus brenge qwan we henes wende
Þat for hus was born of a mayden & ded hup on þe rode henge
Attributed Author: per Ricardum heremitam (f. 1)
Attributed Title: Hic incipit stimulus conciencie compilatus per Ricardum heremitam (f. 1); Explicit stimulus conciencie (f. 96)
36.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 131, ff. 1-113v
First Lines:
…Til his liknes in semely stature
And made him most worthi creature…
Last Lines:
…It semes þat he is witles
Or ouer mekille herdende in wickidnes…
Note: Begins imperfectly at line 75; ends imperfectly with last 22 lines missing, and upper portion of folio 113 torn away.
Attributed Title: This bovke is called pricke of consciens (added by later hand, f. 114)
37.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College 18 (F.4.18), pp. 1-218
First Lines:
…He says a man is borne to trauayll ryht
As þe soule is made to flyht…
Last Lines:
…To þe whoche place he vs bryng
Þat vouched sauf for vs on rode to hyng
Note: Missing lines 1-541.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber qui dicitur stimulus consciencia (p. 218)
38.Source: Cambridge UK, Pembroke College 272, ff. 1-143v
First Lines:
…With ynne hys modrys wombe hath non oder fode
But [illegible] & habundans of blode…
Last Lines:
…prykke of conscyence hit hytyth þat oure soules doth hele
for ȝif a man doþ rede & con vndurstondyng fele…
Note: Missing lines 1-457, ends at line 9552.
39.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College D.5 (80), ff. 1-118
First Lines:
[Þe] myght of [ ]
[Þ]e wysdom of [ ]
And þe godnes of þe haly gas[ ]…
Last Lines:
…To whilke place he vs bryng
þat for vs vouched saue on rode to hyng
Note: Damage to first folio from damp, with loss of ends of lines.
Attributed Author: Rich Hampole (added sixteenth century right margin, f. 1); this booke of stimulus conscienscie was made by Richard Rolle hermit of hampolle (added same 16th century hand, top right margin, f. 118)
Attributed Title: Explicit trat[a]tus qui dicitur consciencie stimulis / Here endes þe tretice þat es cald þe key of knowyng (f. 118); this booke of stimulus conscienscie was made by Richard Rolle hermit of hampolle (added same 16th century hand, top right margin, f. 118)
40.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College E.34 (137), ff. 1-113v
First Lines:
…God to mannys kynde had grete loue
Whan he ordeyned to manys behoue…
Last Lines:
…Þat for vs vouched saufe on rode to hynge
Þer fore þu vs fecche to þy blisful wonynge
[ ]
[ ] is withouten endynge
Note: Missing lines 1-68.
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus Stimulus consciencie nominatus; Here endiþ þe tret[ ] þat prik of conscience clepid ys (f. 113v)
41.Source: London, British Library Addit. 11304, ff. 72-194
First Lines:
Þe myht of þe fadyr alle myhty
Þe witte of þe sone alle witty…
Last Lines:
…ffro schute peynes god vs schyls
Þoro prayer of is moder mylde. Amen
Note: Text incomplete, missing lines 9473-9624.
42.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 62ra-78va
First Lines:
ÞE miȝt of þe ffader almihti
[Þ]E wit of þe sone al witti…
Last Lines:
…To whiche place he vs alle bringe
Þat for vre hele on Rode gan hinge. Amen
Note: The intial ‘Þ’ of the second line is supplied by the illuminated initial of the first line.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
43.Source: London, British Library Addit. 24203, f. 1v
44.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25013, f. 1
Note: Missing lines 1-78.
45.Source: London, British Library Addit. 32578, ff. 1-103
First Lines:
…Many man has likynge trufuls to here
And vanites gladly will þai lere…
Last Lines:
…To þe whilke place he us alle brynge
þat for our hele on rode gan hynge
Note: Missing lines 1-182.
46.Source: London, British Library Addit. 33995, f. 102ra-155ra
First Lines:
Þe might of þe fadir allemighty
Þe witte of þe son alle witty…
Last Lines:
…Til whilk place he vs alle bryng
Þat for vs vouched saue on rode to hyng
Note: Two columns.
Attributed Title: Here endes þe tretice þat es called pryk of consuence (explicit, f. 155ra)
47.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 159ra-174v
First Lines:
…Some clerkus say þat one schal come
Þat schall holde þe Empyre of Rome…
Last Lines:
…And how þe worlde as we now se
Afftir þe dome als new mad schall be…
Note: Fragment: lines 4085-6407.
48.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, ff. 36; 69; 72
First Lines:
…Behold howe in þe wildernes of þys world men gase
Bot þer in place of abydynge none has…
Last Lines:
…And amende þaim or þai hense wende
Þat þat þai go not to payne with outen ende…
Note: Lines 1090-5, 1358-61, and portions of 1516-1603 occuring separately; precedes 6513.
Attributed Title: Apostolus dicit Civitatem hic manentem non habemus sed futuram sum inquirimus (f. 36)
Editions:
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 229-31.
49.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 69
First Lines:
…Þat is on Ynglysche þus to say
He says Thynke on þine endyng daye…
Last Lines:
…And com to þe blis of heuen bright
Wher euer is day and neuer nyght…
Note: 46 lines (2658-2703) occurring separately, accompanying an illustration on death.
Attributed Title: In omnibus operibus tuis memorare nouissima tua et in eternum non peccaberis(f. 69)
Editions:
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 383-5.
50.Source: London, British Library Addit. 37049, f. 72
First Lines:
Alle þe warld wyde and brade
Oure Lord specyally for man made…
Last Lines:
…For a forbyddyn þynge of lytel pryse
In to þis wretchyd warld as þe may se
Note: Lines 933-987 occurring separately.
Editions:
Doty, Brant Lee, ed. “An Edition of British Museum MS Additional 37049: a Religious Miscellany.” Diss. Michigan State, 1969: 398-400.
51.Source: London, British Library Cotton App. VII, ff. 3-145v
First Lines:
…And graunte vs heuen…
Before any thing was…
Last Lines:
…And he þat schall here or se
And mey nouȝt þerby stered be
Note: Missing lines 1-3 entirely and parts of the text on f. 3 is missing due to manuscript damage. Contains an Epilogue.
52.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 76ra-113ra
First Lines:
Þe myght of þe fader almyghty
àe witt of àe son alwytty…
Last Lines:
…Til whilk place he vs alle bryng
àat for vs vouched safe on rode to hyng
Note: Ends ‘Amen’ at end of last line, followed by explicit.
Attributed Title: Explicit tractus qui dicitur stimulus conscientie / Here endes þe tretice þat es called pryk of conscience (by scribe, the Latin in rubric and the English in engrossed letters of same ink as text, f. 113ra)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. The Pricke of Conscience. Philological Society. Berlin: Asher, 1863.
53.Source: London, British Library Egerton 657, f. 1
First Lines:
…ffor þi all þat haue skylle and mynde
Suld thing of þe wrechydnes of this kynde…
Last Lines:
…Sw bodyly egh may neuer se
Apoynte of swylk bryghtnes als þere salle ben…
Note: Missing lines 1-607 and ends at line 9138.
54.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3245 [olim Gurney], f. 2
55.Source: London, British Library Harley 1205, f. 1
Note: Missing lines 1-1771.
56.Source: London, British Library Harley 2394, f. 1
Note: Missing lines 1-11.
57.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 215va
58.Source: London, British Library Harley 6923, f. 2
Note: Ends imperfectly at line 8798.
59.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 C.XVII, f. 117ra-124rb
First Lines:
…MOny speke in bokys & redes
Of pergatory hot fo[?] it dredes…
Last Lines:
…May avalyle for saules in purgatory
Þat as bene þer chesyd worthely
And so mot it be Amen for charite
Note: Fragment: lines 2692-3807 only. Text damaged by damp and difficult in places to read.
60.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1044, No. 235
Note: A single leaf containing lines 2792-2859.
61.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2275, f. 150
62.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 20, f. 1
63.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Lit. D.13, ff. 1-144v
First Lines:
ÞE miȝte of þe fader Al miȝty
Þe witte of sone al wytty…
Last Lines:
…And apostles & ewangelistes
Þat folwide none oȝer lawe bote cristes…
Note: Defective at end.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber Stimulus consciencie (f. 144v, in a different hand)
64.Source: Leeds, Leeds University Library Brotherton 500 [olim Harmsworth, olim Neale; Sotheby’s Sale, 1920; Hope Allen Addit. MS. III], pp. 1-294
First Lines:
Þe myȝt of þe fader al myȝty
þe wytt of þe sone al witty
& þe godnesse of þe holy gost…
Last Lines:
…to þe wiche place vs alle brynge
Ihesu kyng ouer vch kynge
Attributed Title: Hic incipit quidam tractatus [ ]hed episcopi lincolliensis qui nominatur Stimulus consciencie… (f. 1)
65.Source: Leeds, Leeds University Library Brotherton 501 [olim Horton Hold Hall, Maggs Bros. Sale Cat. No. 580, Item 450], ff. 1-58
First Lines:
…Concupyscens of flesh ys o thyng
þat fallyth to fleshly lykyng
Concupyscens of eyen as I can gesse
fallyth to worldly rychesse…
Last Lines:
…To whych place he vs all bryng
þat for oure hele on rode ded hyng
Note: Begins imperfectly at line 1130; written two lines of text per line of manuscript.
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus qui vocatur Stimulus conscientie (f. 58v)
66.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 276v-277
First Lines:
The begynnyng es of thre
ffull mekill þer in men may see
And for thi I will or I passe
Schewe whate man firste was…
Last Lines:
…Thus may aman see his lyfe ay whare
ffull of cayteste and of care
Note: Fragment: lines 438-551 only.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. Yorkshire Writers. 2 vols. London, Sonnenschein; New York: Macmillan, 1895-96: 1.372-3.
67.Source: London, College of Arms, Arundel 57, ff. 133ra-175vb
First Lines:
…ȝit ben þer moo þen I haue tolde
Þat fallen to men whenne þei are old…
Last Lines:
…Þere schal vche man als wel knowe oþere
As here doþ any his sister or broþer…
Note: Missing lines 1-801; ends at line 8278. Catchphrase ‘And knowe’ at foot of f. 175v.
68.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 101
69.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 491, Part II, ff. 296-323
First Lines:
THe myght of the fader that is almyghty
[T]hee wysdome of the son that is all wytty…
Last Lines:
…And þerfore may we reken and rede
A thowsande synnes to one gode dede…
Note: Ends imperfectly at line 2482. ‘T’ of second line supplied by large initial of the first line.
Attributed Author: Ric. Hampole (f. 296, later hand)
Attributed Title: Stimulus Conscientia (f. 296, later hand)
70.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 492, f. 1-56v
First Lines:
þe myhte of þe fadir alle myhty
þe wytte of þe sone alle wytty…
Last Lines:
…Schall ȝeld a countes þat is to seye
Offe sonnes and douthers þat þei forth brouth…
Note: Incomplete. Catchphrase ‘ne whiche þei here’ at the foot of f. 56v.
Attributed Title: Hic inc liber qui vocatur stimulus consciencie et ex dictis doctorum colligitur atque tractatur et dividitur in septem partes videlicit prima pars de natura humana secunda de mundo tercia de morte quarta de purgatorio quinta de die Iudicii sexta de penis inferni septima pars de gaudiis celi (f. 1, rubric)
71.Source: London, St Paul’s Cathedral Library CSE0706.01 [formerly 47.G.3] (printed)
Note: A fragment of the The Pricke of Conscience in Johannes Buxtorfius, Thesaurus Grammaticus linguae sanctae Hebraeae. Basle, 1616.
72.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library Sion College Arc. L.40.2/E.25, ff. 48-133v
First Lines:
Þe might of þe fader almyghty
þe witte of son þe son all witty…
Last Lines:
…Men sal ham se to þe forrest side
Als wele þat þat sal be [farre?]
Note: Ends imperfectly at line 9220. Final word on f. 139v partially rubbed out. ‘Iste liber pertinet ffratris Iohannem holonde / Monache Westminster’.
73.Source: London, Society of Antiquaries 687 [olim Bright, Sotheby’s Sale, 1924, Lot 378; Hope Allen Addit. MS. VI], pp. 5-358
First Lines:
ÞE mythe of þe ffadyr Alle mythy
Þe wysdome of þe sone Alle wytty…
Last Lines:
…And þe materys to herte wyl take
It may hys conscyence tendyr make…
Note: Ends imperfectly (lost folio).
74.Source: London, Society of Antiquaries 288, ff. 13-120v
First Lines:
…þat seye a deuyl in his figure Ryth
þat he for drede of þat syth…
Last Lines:
…& he þat shal it heryn or se
& may nout þer by steryd be…
Note: Begins at l. 2319 and ends imperfectly at l. 9604. On ff. 1-12v is sixteenth-century transcription of ll. 1384-2320, modernized.
75.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 31, f. 1
Note: Lines 56-9115 only.
76.Source: Manchester, Chetham’s Library 8008 [Mun. A.4.103], ff. 1-115v
First Lines:
Of þe las worlde w[ ]
Bot aftyrward w[ ]
Of þe more world [ ]
Can I pas fro þis m[ ]…
Last Lines:
…Þe tretis diuerse honouris may be
þat god men in heuyn schal fele & se
Note: Missing lines l-1047; ends at line 9082; outer edge of first page damaged by damp.
77.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 90 [olim Ashburnham App. 243; Corser], ff. 2-62va
First Lines:
The myȝt off þe fadur almyȝti
[T]he Wisdom off þe sone al witty
[T]he grace and þe goodnesse of þe holi gost
O god and o lord off miȝtes most…
Last Lines:
…To which good he ous bringe
Þat for ous fouched saff to henge
78.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 50 [MS 45388; olim Quaritch Sale Cat. 328, Item 584], pp. 1-204
First Lines:
The myghte of the f[ader] almyghti
The witte of the [ ]
And godenes als of the h[oli] gost
The wheche is lord of myghtes moost…
Last Lines:
…To þe wheche place he vs alle bringe
That for oure heele on roode con hinge
Note: Damaged by damp on first folio.
Attributed Title: Stimulus concientie (f. 1); Explicit hic quidem tractatus vocatus stimulus conscientie ffinito libro sit laus & gloris cristo (p. 204)
79.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 51 [olim Quaritch Sale Cat. 344, Item 28], ff. 5-116v
First Lines:
…And ȝaf hym skille witt & mynde
fforto knowe gode & ille
And þerto ȝaf hym witte & skille
fforto chese or forto holde…
Last Lines:
…To þe which place he vs alle bringe
þat for vs made heuen erþe & al þinge
Note: Missing lines 1-422.
Attributed Title: Her endeþ þe pricke of conscience ffinito libro reddatur gloria cristo Qui scripcit carmen sit benedictus Amen (f. 116v)
80.Source: Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury School 3, f. 1
Note: Missing lines 1-4195; ends at line 7542.
81.Source: Ushaw, St Cuthbert’s College 50, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
Alle þat will knowe þe sciens [ ]
What ys þe prikke of consye[ ]…
Last Lines:
…[ ]folwe here kynde & passe it nowht
[ ] loveþ his makere & hym worchepis
Attributed Title: Incipit prologue De stimulis Consciencie (f. 1)
82.Source: Woolhampton, Berkshire, Douai Abbey 7
83.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 515 [olim Halliwell; Sotheby’s Sale, 1920, Lot 515; Hope Allen Addit. MS. IV]
Note: Nine leaves only from Book III. .
84.Source: Cambridge MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, Eng. 515 [olim Halliwell; Sotheby’s Sale, 1920, Lot 515; Hope Allen Addit. MS. IV], ff. 1-77
First Lines:
…But gret perel ys þat man ynne
Þat haþ wyt & mynde & wol not lerne
Ryȝtwys werkes and godes lawe
By þe wuche men schul be saue…
Last Lines:
…To þe whuche ioye he vs brynge
Þat of nouȝt haþ made alle þinge
Amen amen so mote hyt be
Seye we alle par charyte
Note: Missing lines 1-160; text much abridged.
85.Source: Charlottesville, VA, University of Virginia Hench 10 [olim Aldenham; Sold 1937, Lot 310, to Maggs Bros.], f. 1
Note: Missing lines 1-156.
86.Source: Chicago, IL, Newberry Library 32.9 [olim Helmingham Hall LJ II.1], ff. 1-99
First Lines:
The mighte of þe fader al my3ty
þe wit of þe sone alle witty
And þe goodnesse of þe holy goost
God & lord of myȝtes moost…
Last Lines:
…To the whiche ioyes that haue noon ende
God bringe vs thidre whan we hennes wende
And that it mote so be
With herte stedfaste Amen say we
Attributed Title: Here than endes the tretice alle / Which that men Prik of conscience kalle / Explicit Expliceat sic benedictus eat / Amen (f. 99/p. 197)
87.Source: Chicago, IL, Newberry Library 33 [formerly C. 19169; olim Peterborough Public Library; Hope Allen Additional MS I], pp. 1-198
First Lines:
…And lacketþ ȝong men þat now are seene
He is oft seeke & ay gronande…
Last Lines:
…þat han be are & schul be
þus may þis tretis with þe sentence…
Note: Begins imperfectly at line 797; ends imperfectly at line 9571, and missing lines 8780-9256 due to missing folios between pp. 190-191.
88.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn a13 [formerly Osborn 31; olim Phillipps 8343], ff. 2-139
First Lines:
…And no quyk creature bot þay
As in þis booke is wele contende
Who so wole here hit to þe ende…
Last Lines:
…To þe whiche place he vs alle bryng
Þat for oure heele on rode con hyng
Note: Listed as ‘Osborn 31’ in Robbins and Cutler (1965); begins imperfectly in Prologue because missing first leaf (missing lines 1-37).
89.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library B13 [olim Harmsworth], ff. 1-107
First Lines:
…He seith lorde thenke þat þou madist me
ffro erth & cley here to be…
Last Lines:
…To wich place he vs all brynge
That for vs vowchid saf on rode to henge
Amen amen seith ȝe
Ȝong & olde pur charite
Note: Beginning imperfectly with Latin verses, ‘Memento queso quod sicut lictum feceris me / et in puluerem reduces me’; with ‘Job’ in right margin.
Attributed Title: Here endith þe tretis þat is clepid the keye of knowyng (f. 107)
90.Source: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania MS Codex 196 [formerly Eng. 1; olim Gilbert Ireland Blackburne of Hale Hall, Liverpool], ff. 13-118
First Lines:
…And þer to ȝaf him wit and skille
ffor to chese and for to holde
Good or euyl wheþir he wolde…
Last Lines:
…To þe whiche place he vs alle brynge
Þat for oure loue on þe rode gan hynge
Note: Imperfect at beginning due to loss of folios between 12 and 13.
Attributed Title: Explicit Tractatus qui dicitur Stimulus consciencie (f. 118)
Facsimiles:
Facsimile of UPenn Ms. Codex 196 .
91.Source: Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania MS Codex 218 [formerly Eng. 8; olim Stonor Park], ff. 147ra-159vb
First Lines:
[Þ]e miȝt of þe fader almiȝty
Þe wisdome of þe son alwitty…
Last Lines:
…Þat bene ifounde in syn
Þat wold nouȝt hem self do…
Note: Imperfect; includes Prologue, Parts I and II and portion of Part III.
92.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Taylor Medieval 13 [olim Maggs Cat. 580, item 449], ff. 1-126v
First Lines:
Þe myght of þe fadir all myghty
þe wit of þe son al wytty…
Last Lines:
…Till þe wylk place he vs all brynge
þat for oure hele one rode cane hynge
Note: Missing lines 1-76.
Attributed Title: Explicit tractatus qui dicitur Stimulus Consciencie Here endes þe tretice þat es calde Prikke of Conscience (f. 126v)
93.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 139 [olim Phillipps 9412], ff. 1ra-44ra
First Lines:
Þe myȝte of þo fadere almyȝtty
þe witt of þo sonne al witty…
Last Lines:
…to þo whilk place he all vs brynge
þat for oure hele on rode did hynge
Note: Blank space left on f. 12vb and after end on f. 44rb.
94.Source: Wellesley, MA, Wellesley College Pricke of Conscience [De Ricci 8; Sotheby’s Sale 1922, lot 376], pp. 1-247
First Lines:
…Tyll þi Iugyse salle we comme
Bot we ne wayte when es owre day
Mercy es bothe all and somme
þat we in trayste and eftyr pray…
Last Lines:
…Tyll whylk place he vs bryng
þat for vs vowched safe on rode to hyng
Note: Imperfect at beginning; missing lines 7421-8573.
Attributed Title: Explicit liber qui dicitur Stimulus Consciencie (p. 247)
95.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 156, ff. 1-136v
First Lines:
…Withowten eny begenynge
[ ]ning in hym myȝt neuer be…
Last Lines:
…And þe ryȝt way of lif vs wisse
Whar throw we may come to his blis
Note: Johannes Fleming hunc librum composuit (f. 4).
96.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 157, ff. 1-89
First Lines:
…His moder consayued hym sinfully
And bare him sithen in hir body…
Last Lines:
…thurgh þe prayer of his moder mylde
ffolowes vertus & hates [ ] ffor sua may ȝe to [ ]
Note: Missing lines 1-422.
97.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 158, ff. 1-81v
First Lines:
[T]he myght of þe ffader allmyghty
The wytt of þe son all wytty…
Last Lines:
…Wha[ ] paynes ys synfull [ ]
[ ] ffestenes h[ ]
[ ]w [ ]he yere [ ]
Note: Ends imperfectly; last page damaged by damp and wear.
98.Source: Oslo and London, Schøyen Collection 689 [olim Windsor, Beaumont College, sold Christie’s 28 June 1973, lot 48]