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A good tale hereby lies / Of a woman that hight Thais
Thais, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: For other MSS see 4975.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Thais, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 205-205v
First Lines:
An ensampyll we fynd þis
of on woman þat hygh tayfys…
Last Lines:
…& qwen sche dyed to god went scho
God graunt vs all so forto do
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 195va1
First Lines:
A Good luyte tale here lys
Of a wommon þat hihte Tays…
Last Lines:
…And bring vs to þat ilke blis
Þer meke men wiþ crist is. Amen.
Attributed Title: Conuersio Taysis meretricis (f. 195va)
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: 279.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. c.3 (SC 30516), f. 2va-2vb
First Lines:
A tall of a woman her by lyse
þat I will say ȝhou or I ryse…
Last Lines:
…[ ] hir saule gaffe scho
[ ] god þat we doo
Attributed Title: Thayses (f. 2vb)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 217-218
First Lines:
An ensaumple we fynde of þis
Of a womman þat hight taysis…
Last Lines:
…And when sche dyed to god went scho
God graunte vs alle so forto do
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, f. 135
First Lines:
A Good litil tale here lyes
of a foli woman þat highte Tayes…
Last Lines:
…þat to god hire soule ȝaf scho
So graunte vs god þat we may do
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 91-91v
First Lines:
A gude tall hereby lyes
Of a woman þat hyght tays…
Last Lines:
…Þat to god hyr saule ȝalde scho
And swa len god þat we may do
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 91)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 1vc-2ra
First Lines:
A Goode lyte tale here lys
Of a womon þat hiht Tays…
Last Lines:
…May I not of hir penaunce telle
ffor longe hit weore þeron to dwelle…
Note: Incomplete.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
8.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 100-100v
First Lines:
And a gude tale here lyes
of ane common woman hyght tasyes…
Last Lines:
…þat hyr cely saule to god gaf scho
and swa leue gode þat we may do
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 114-114v
First Lines:
And a gode litill tale here lyis
Off and hore þat heght tayis…
Last Lines:
…Þat hyr sely gost to god ȝold scho
And so gyff god þat we may do
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 114)
Editions:
Whatley, Gordon E., ed. Saints’ Lives in Middle English Collections. With Anne B. Thompson and Robert K. Upchurch. MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2004.