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DIMEV 6315
IMEV 3952
NIMEV 3952
When grain of wheat is cast to ground
Nisi granum frumenti cadens in terram’, in twenty 13-line stanzas
Note: Note that the first word of the text in both witnesses is ‘But,’ not ‘When,’ as other versions of the Index have it. We record this item under this heading for consistency, but include a cross-reference under ‘But’ (cf. the Latin ‘Nisi granum’).
Title(s): Nisi granum frumenti cadens in terram
Subjects: wheat; scripture texts, Engl. trans. of
Versification: — thirteen-line — ababababcdddc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 215va-216ra
First Lines:
But greine of whete in eorþe dye
Hit schal not newe þis is to seie…
Last Lines:
…God graunt vs þat whon we beo ded
To heuene þat we may wende. Amen.
Note: Thirteen-line stanzas, ababababcdddc; stanzas 1, 9 and 17 defective.
Attributed Title: Nisi granum frumenti cadens in terra… (f. 215va)
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. “Proprium Sanctorum, Zusatz-Homilien des Ms. Vernon fol. CCXV zur nördlichen Sammlung der Domicalia evangelia.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 81 (1888): 83-114, 300-21: 83-5.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 19va-19vc
First Lines:
BOt greine of whete in eorþe dye
Hit schal not nowe þis is to sey…
Last Lines:
…God vs graunt when we ben ded
To heuene þat we may wend Amen
Note: 9 stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.