As that a great clerk shows in his books
The Lay Folk’s Catechism, by John de Gaytryge (or Gaysteke,
Caterige, etc.), in alliterative unrhymed verse
For a Wycliffite expansion, see 672
Author(s): John de Gaytryge
The Lay Folk’s Catechism
Subjects: instruction, religious; religious instruction
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Don. C.13
, ff. 162va
Als þat a grete clerk shewis in his boke
of alle þe
creatures þat god made in heuen or in erth…
…It is endles life and lastande blis
to whilk blis he bringre
Qui cum [ ] spiritu sancto vivit & regnet deus per omnia saecula
Attributed Author: Explicit sermo Gaitrig (f. 165va)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.288 (SC 12146)
, ff. 85-91
As a gret clerk schewyth in hys bokys
of alle creatures þat
euer god made…
…to qwich blys bryng ȝow & me
þat for us deyt on
þe roode tre amen amen
Attributed Title: ‘How Preists should instructe þere Parishioners’ (f. 85 in
3.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 155
, ff. 237-248
Als þat a grete clerke schewes in his boks
Of all the creatures
þat god made in heuen & erth…
…It is endles lyfe and lastand blysse
to whilke blysse he
Note: Followed by Latin conclusion, ‘Qui cum patre & spiritu
sancto viuit & regnat deus per omnia secula seculorum’ (f.
4.Source: Oxford, Queen’s College 389B
, ff. 245-246v
Angh vs haly to halde a uence our god
And ȝe seuen þat er
aftyr onentz our euen crysten…
…With many fals and many foule wordys
Sklaunder for to for do
amanes gode fame
Note: Two fragments, nos. 24 and 25: lines 171-224, 436-489.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.12.39
, ff. 1v
…Anoþer þinge to knowe god almyghty ben þe seuen
holi writte teches
Of þe Whiche seuen þe
þre firste þat ben soileyne vertewes…
…for mesure es nedfulle vnto vs in alle þinge þat we
if we life skilfully as goddes lawe teches vs
And so be hit
Note: Fragment, lines 380-446 only.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Sidney Sussex College 55
, ff. 41-47v
As a grete Clerke shewith in his boke
Of alle creaturis þat god
made in heven
and in erthe in water or in eyre or in ought
…to þe whiche he bryng vs alle owre lord god all
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.10.12 (223)
, ff. 56-57
Als a gret clerke schewis in his boke
of al þe creatures
þat god made in heuen
amp; in erthe in watere or in ayer or in oght
…þat for vs schedd his blode on þe rode tre
cum deo patre viuit & regnat deus per omnia
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Title: Avntendite popule meus legem meam (f. 56)
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 24202
, ff. 35v
[Þ]u þinge for to knowe god almyȝty
es þe seuene
sacramentis þat holy chirche gifes…
…mekely to suffur wheþer so euere fall is woo or
and þat our herte be noghte ouer highe for no
Note: Sections on the Seven Sacraments and Seven Virtues only. Text is
incomplete, ending mid-way through the sixth vertue. Written as
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 25006
, ff. 1-9v
Als þat a grete clerk shewes in his buke
Of all þe
creatures þat god made in heuen and in erthe…
…It es endles life ai lastand blis
To þe whilk blis he
Note: First folio written as prose, with the rest marked as
10.Source: London, British Library Arundel 507
, ff. 50-54
Als a grete clerke schewis in his boke
Of alle þe creatures
þat god made in heuen…
…it is endelesse lif & lastand blisse
blisse Whilk blisse he vs alle bring þat made vs & boght
vs with his dere blode
Note: Written as prose.
12.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS]
, ff. 213v
Als a grete doctour schewes in his buke
Of all þe creatoures
þat gode made in heuene
and in erthe in water and in ayere or in oghte
It es endles lyfe and lastande blysse
To þe whilke blysse he
brynge vs oure lorde gode almyghty
Note: Written as prose.
Attributed Author: John Gaytryge (f. 213v)
Attributed Title: Here begynnes a Sermon þat Dan John Gaytryge made…Et est
petrus sentenciarum discrecione prima (f. 213v)
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen.
The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91).
London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Perry, George G.,
Religious Pieces in Prose and Verse from R. Thornton’s
o.s. 26 (1867); repr. 1973: 1-14.
Blake, Norman F.,
Middle English Religious Prose.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1972: 73.
14.Source: York, Borthwick Institute Archbishops’ Register No. 11 [Archbishop Thoresby’s Register]
, ff. 295-297v
[a]ls that a gret clerk shewes in his bokes
Et est secundo
sentenciarum distinccione prima
Of all the creatures that god mad in
heuen and in erthe
In water or in ayre or in ought elles…
…It is endeles life & lastand blisse
To whilk blisse he
bring vs & cetera
Simmons, Thomas Frederick, and Henry Edward Nolloth, eds.
“The Lay Folks’ Catechism.”
o.s. 118 (1901); repr. 1987: 2-98.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard.
The Yorkshire Anthology.
London, 1851: 287 (begins line 84).