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Will ye wit when and how the feast shall be y-held
The Vernon Life of Mary from the South English Legendary, beginning with a Prologue of 114 lines (formerly 104) — 836 lines in couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Virgin Mary, life of; prologues
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , f. 14: entered in error under 104 in Brown and Robbins (1943).



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 244v-249
First Lines:
Alle ȝe wetyn whan & how þe feste chal ben holde
of oure ladyes concepcioun as þe boke vs tolde…
Last Lines:
…& þus þey come togedere þat sondrid were so long
Iesus schelde vs from pyne of helle þat is so stronge
Note: Includes what was formerly 104 as if part of same text, without heading or break.
Attributed Title: Þe concepciun of oure ladi [upside-down] (f. 244v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 6va-9rb
First Lines:
WElle ȝe wite whonne and hou þe feste schal ben iholde
Þe Concepcion of vr Ladi as a Maister me tolde…
Last Lines:
…Ion hire was a trewe feere and nolde nouȝt fro hire go
He loked hire as his ladi deore and what heo wolde hit was ido
Note: Introduced by 376.
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.
3.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 100v-102
First Lines:
Wolle we witen whanne & whou þe feste schal ben yholde
þe Concepcioun of vr lady as þe bok vs tolde…
Last Lines:
…Alle þat habbeþ yherde of our leuedyis concepcioun
Of here synnes god hem ȝiue þoru is grace Remissioun
Note: Prologue only, separately
4.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 31v-33
First Lines:
WOle ȝe now wete when & how þe fest shal be holde
Þe concepcioun of our lady as þe boke vs telles tolde…
Last Lines:
…Alle þat han herde of our ladyes concepcion
Of her synnes god hem graunte full remissioun Amen
Note: Prologue only (114 lines), separately.
Attributed Title: Concepcionus sancte Marie (RT)