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DIMEV 644
IMEV 385
NIMEV 385
As it befell of a rich king
The Melancholy King, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: For other MSS see 601 and 4973.
Title(s): The Melancholy King; Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340): f. 203v.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), f. 203v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 195vb-195vc
First Lines:
As hit bi fel of a riche kyng
Þat neuer mihte lauȝwhe in gladyng…
Last Lines:
…Now God for þi deite
To good ende bring vs ȝif þi wille be. Amen.
Attributed Title: Hou a kyng ferde hys brothur wyt oon (f. 195vb)
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: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 209-211
First Lines:
Als it felle of a riche kyng
Þat neuermore lough in no gladyng…
Last Lines:
…Þat we may thorewe tholemodnes
Come to þat blisse þat es endles
Attributed Title: Narracio de o reg[ ] dolente propter penam mort[ ] (p. 209, partly cropped)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 131v-132v
First Lines:
As it be fel of a riche king
Þat neuere myhte lawh in glading…
Last Lines:
…& bringe vs to þat ilke blis
Þer meke men wiþ crist is
5.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 95v-96v
First Lines:
Als it fell of a ryche kynge
þat neuer myght laght in gladynge…
Last Lines:
…and brynge vs to þat blystfull velde
þat crystyn men with cryste may welde
6.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 110-111
First Lines:
As hit fell off a ryche kynge
Þat neuyr myght lagh in gladdynge…
Last Lines:
…And brynge vs to þat blesfull belde
Þat þolmode men with crist schall welde
Note: This MS begins four lines earlier, with last four lines of 5955 treated as first four of this.
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 110)