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The might of the Father of heaven
The East Midland recension of the Pricke of Conscience
Note: For the usual text see 1953 and 5398; for an abridged and altered text see 788.
Author(s): Richard Rolle (attrib.)
Title(s): The Pricke of Conscience
Subjects: religious instruction; treatises, devotional
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 423 (SC 2322), ff. 244-351
First Lines:
Quia ad tempus credunt & in tempore temptacionis recedunt .
To a tyme he seith sum beleuyth a thyng
And passith þere fro in time of soundyng…
Last Lines:
…To þe whiche blisse god vs alle brynge
That for oure loue made alle thynge . Amen quod A.
Note: Missing lines 1-312, 1794-1962. At the end ‘Explicit Stimulus Conscientie quod Iohannes Appilton’.
Attributed Title: Stimulus Conscientie (on f. 244 in later hand)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 601 (SC 1491), ff. 1-115v
First Lines:
The miȝt of þe fader off heuene
þe wit of þe sone wiþ his ȝiftes seuene…
Last Lines:
…To þe which ioye he vs bringe
þat for oure loue made al þing
Note: Leaves lost between ff. 49 and 50.
Attributed Title: Heere endeþ þe bok þat is ycleped þe prikke of concience (at the end)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Lyell Empt. 6 [olim Strong, olim Phillipps 2734, Robinson Sale Cat. No. 50, Item l0; Robinson Sale Cat. 62, Item 125], ff. 1-116v
Note: Missing lines 385-413.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.4.35, Part II, ff. 1v-96v
First Lines:
ÞE miȝt of þe holi fadur In heuene
Þe wit of þe sone with his ȝiftus seuene…
Last Lines:
…Off eni clerk oþer lewede man
Þe whiche mi defaute amende kan
Note: Ends incomplete.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.7 (29), ff. 5-119v
First Lines:
The myght of the fadir of heuen
And the wit of the son with his ȝiftes seuen…
Last Lines:
…To þe whiche blisse god vs brynge
That for oure loue made al thynge
Attributed Author: Amen quod A (f. 119v)
Attributed Title: Stimulus Consciencie (f. 5); Explicit Stimulus Consciencie (f. 119v)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 11305, ff. 3-126v
First Lines:
The myght of the fader in heuen
The witte of the sone wiþ his ȝiftes seuene…
Last Lines:
…To the whiche ioy he vs bringe
That for our loue makes all thinge
7.Source: London, British Library Arundel 140, ff. 41v-146v
First Lines:
In þe myght of þe fadyr all myghty
The wyte of þe sonne all wytty…
Last Lines:
…To þe which he vs all brynge
Þat for our loue made heuen & erþe & all þynge
Note: Missing two leaves between ff. 144 and 145.
Attributed Title: þe Pryke of conscience (explicit, f. 146v)
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 1731, f. 1
Note: Missing lines 1-58.
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 2281, f. 1
Note: Ends imperfectly at line 5765.
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2377, f. 1
Note: Missing lines 1-1151 and ends at line 9153.
11.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 348, f. 2
12.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 A.V, f. 2
13.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 16, ff. 35-189v
First Lines:
The mighte of þe fader al myȝtty
[T]he wytte of þe son al wytty…
Last Lines:
…To þe wuche opye he us brynge
þat for oure loue made al þynge
Attributed Title: Here endeþ þe bok þat ys cleped þe pryk of concyens (f. 189v)
14.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 50, ff. 1-109v
First Lines:
The myth of þe fader of heuene
The wyt of þe sone with hese ȝeftes seuene…
Last Lines:
…And qwo so loue god in a ryt maner
He hat gret dred to wreyin hym her
Note: Followed by epilogue.
15.Source: Windsor, Beaumont College 9, f. 1
16.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Garrett 138 [olim Yates Thompson], ff. 7-130v
First Lines:
The myght of þe fader almyȝtty
Þe witte of þe sone al witty
And þe godenes of þe holi gost
And god and lord of myȝttes most…
Last Lines:
…To þe whiche place he vs alle bryng
Þat for our loue made al thyng
17.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 125 [olim Groves], ff. 1-100
First Lines:
ÞE myȝt of þe fader of heuene
Þe witte of þe sone,with hys ȝiftes seuene…
Last Lines:
…To whiche ioye he vs brynge
Þat for oure loue made alle þ[ynge]
Note: Ends of last ten lines and colophon lost because most of folio 100 cut away; after colophon, ‘ffinem composui pe[ ]te[ ]’ (f. 100.
Attributed Title: Here endeþ þe pricke of concie[nce] (f. 100)
18.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 128 [olim Ashburnham 130], ff. 1-16v; 25-17v; 1-33v; 1-94
First Lines:
The myght of the fadur of heuene
The wyt of the sone wyth hys ȝyftes seuene…
Last Lines:
…To þe which he vs brynge
that for our loue maked all þynge
Attributed Title: Here bygynneþ þe prologe on the Prikke of consciencie… (f. 1); Here endet þe prikke of conscience (f. 94)
19.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 130 [olim Phillipps 3126], ff. 1-120v
First Lines:
…Euer to knowe boþe gode and ille
And þerto ȝaf him witt at wille…
Last Lines:
…Vnto þat same ioye he vs bringe
þat for oure loue makede al þinge
Note: Begins imperfectly due to missing folio at beginning; lines 1-76 missing; to right of ending, ‘Amen par charite’ (f. 120v).
20.Source: Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 69, ff. 83va-95vb; 65ra-72vb; 97ra-123va
First Lines:
Þe myȝt of þe fader of heuene
þe wit of þe sone with his ȝiftes seuene…
Last Lines:
…To þe wich place he vs alle bringe
þat for mannus loue made alle þinge