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DIMEV 6795
IMEV 4226
NIMEV 4226
Worlds wealth girt Mary weed
Story of Mary Magdalene: a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For another MS see 3417; for the version in the ‘expanded’ Cycle see 4189.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Mary Magdalene, saint
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 5-7
First Lines:
Werldli welthe gerte marye wede
Whiles scho was ȝonge in hir fayrehede…
Last Lines:
…Amen saye we now all samene
ffor þare es endeles Ioye and gammen
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 167rc-167vb
First Lines:
Worldus weole made Marie wede
Whil heo was Ȝong in hire feirhede…
Last Lines:
…Amen sei we alle in same
ffor þer is al endeles game
Note: This MS breaks between 4689 and 6795 26 lines later, beginning this, ‘He seiþ In þat ilke toun…’. (I.e., ‘Worldus weole’ continues as if part of 4689, with the heading ‘De counversione marie Magdalene’ following ‘Hedde forȝiuenes and mercie’ and preceding ‘HE seiþ In þat ilke toun’.)
Attributed Title: De counversione marie Magdalene (f. 167rc)
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: 241-2.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 223ra-223va
First Lines:
WOrldus weole Made Marie wede
Whil heo was child in hire feirhede…
Last Lines:
…Þat may ȝe lerne wiþ oute fable
Bi a Beest vnresonable
Note: Lines 1-100, followed by unique application.
Attributed Title: Rogabat Ihesu quidam Phareseus (f. 223ra)
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: 299-300.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 6-9
First Lines:
ffor werldes welth gert hire do synfull dede
Whiles sche was ȝonge in hire fayr hede…
Last Lines:
…And saue vs on þat dredfull day
And graunte vs þat blisse þat lastes ay
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 10-11v
First Lines:
Warldys welth gert mary wede
Whyls scho was yang in here fayre hede…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede we say all samen
ffor þare sall be endles gamne
Note: Narratio’ in this MS marked eight lines earlier than first line as here; so for this scribe the narratio began at ‘Namely be mari mawdelayne…’.
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 10, margin)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 26rb-26va
First Lines:
WOrldes weole Made Marie wede
Whil heo was child in hir feirhede…
Last Lines:
Þat may ȝe lerne withouten fable
Bi a best vnresonable
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 30358, ff. 5v-7
First Lines:
Werldes welth gart mary weide
Whyls scho was ȝong in hyr fayr heide…
Last Lines:
…Amen Amen say we all samen
ffor þat sall be oure endles gamon
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 5-6v
First Lines:
Worldes welth gert mary wede
Whyles sho yonge was in hir barnede…
Last Lines:
…Amen say we all sammen
Ffor þat schall be oure endlese gamen
9.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , f. 17vb
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 15-20.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, ff. 2vb-3rb
First Lines:
WErldly welth gert mary wede
Whyles scho was ȝong in hyre farhed…
Last Lines:
…Amen say we all samen
ffor þat es ioy & endlys gamen