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DIMEV 6086
IMEV 3813
NIMEV 3813
Twelfth day the high feast noble is to hold
Epiphany in the South English Legendary
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Epiphany
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 34v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 9va1
First Lines:
Twelfþe dai þe heȝe feste nobliche is to holde
ffor four þinges of þulke day as þe gospel vs tolde…
Last Lines:
…þeos ffour Miracles of vr lord þat ilke day weore i do
Wel ouhte we halewe þat ilke day and honoure also
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.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 2vb
First Lines:
Twelueþe day þe heye feste
Noble is it to holde
ffor foure þynges of þilk day
Vs þe gospel tolde…
Last Lines:
…[ ] so he was i bore
[ ] þey hym souhte
[ ] aftur nyne & twenty ȝer
K[ ] fe[ ] þilk day…
Note: First 5 lines only due to missing folios; written in half-lines because in two columns.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 32-33
First Lines:
The twelf the day þat heyȝ feste Good to ben hold is
ffor four thynges on þat day fel As þe gospel tellys…
Last Lines:
…But first whan þei com to bedlem þer child lay
þe sterr vanesschid to north & neuer more noman it sey
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), f. 2
First Lines:
The twelfthe dai þe hiȝe feste noble is to holde
ffor foure þingis of þat day as þe gospel us tolde…
Last Lines:
…þese foure meraclis of oure lord þus þei were I do
We auȝte wel to holde þat day & honoure it also
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, f. 3v
First Lines:
tWelfþe day þe heye feste noble is to holde
for foure þinges þulke day as þe gospel vs tolde…
Last Lines:
…þes foure miracles of oure lord þulke day were ido
Wel auȝte men honoure þulke day & halwe also
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De epiphania domini nostri ihesu cristi (f. 3v)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, f. 112v
First Lines:
Twelfte day sal we worship als ilk man ȝonge & olde
For foure skillez of þis day als þe gospel vs tolde…
Last Lines:
…As þis day þre kyngez til criste presaunt broght
Sone after þat he was borne & ful fer hym soght
Note: 6 couplets.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, f. 2
D’Evelyn, Charlotte, and A. J. Mill, eds. The South English Legendary: Corpus Christi College Cambridge MS. 145 and British Museum MS. Harley 2277, with variants from Bodley MS. Ashmole 43 and British Museum MS. Cotton Julius D.ix. EETS o.s. 235 (1959), 236 (1956); repr. 1967: 1.4.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, f. 38
First Lines:
Twelfthe day hegh fest nobly men shal hold
ffor iiij thinges on that day as the gospel vs has told…
Last Lines:
…Wel vs aght to halow that day and honor it also
Whil our lord thes iiij miracles that day wold do
Attributed Title: Twelfthe day (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 99-100
First Lines:
Twelfþe day þe heye ffeste noble is to holde
ffor ffoure þinges of þulke day as þe gospel vs tolde…
Last Lines:
…Þis ffoure miracles of oure lord þulke day were ydo
Wel auȝte we halwy þulke day and honoury al so
Attributed Title: Epiphania (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), f. 26
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, f. 7
First Lines:
Twelþeday þe hye fest noble ys to holde
for foure þynges of þat day as þe gospel us tolde…
Last Lines:
… þys foure myracles of oure lorde þat day were ydo
Wel aȝte we halwy þat day and honure also
Attributed Title: Epiphania (f. 7, in margin, by scribe)
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 2v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 92
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 4
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 49-49v
First Lines:
TWelfþe day hegh feste nobly mon shal holde
ffor four þinges on þat day as þe gospel vs has tolde…
Last Lines:
…Wel vs aught to halow þat day & honoure hit also
While oure lord þese four Miracles þat day wold do
17.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office C 47/34/1/5, ff. 1v-2
First Lines:
Tuelueþe dai þe heie feste nobliche is to holde
ffor foure þinges of þulke dai as þe gospel ous tolde…
Last Lines:
…Þulke dai þe þre kynges oure louerd presaund brouȝte
Sone þo he was iboren & wel wide hym souȝte
Note: 6 couplets.
18.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 49v
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], f. 6v
First Lines:
The twelfthe day is an high day and holy is to holde
For foure thinges that ilke day as the gospel vs tolde…
Last Lines:
…The childe bigan to speke to hem goth blyue he seide
Towarde the londe of Iude; another sterre shall ȝow lede
Attributed Title: De Epiphania domini (f. 6v)