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Yearsday the holy feast high day is and good
Feast of the Circumcision in the South English Legendary
Note: South English Legendary
Subjects: Circumcision, feast of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 34
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 21v-22
First Lines:
Ȝeris & day þe holy feste hy dey is & gode
for þylke day oure swete lord schadde fyrst his blode…
Last Lines:
…now Ihesu I syrcumsysed was on erþe for al man kynne
graunt vs heuene blysse & schel vs alle fram synne
Attributed Title: ȝeris day þe holy feste (f. 21v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 9rb2-9va
First Lines:
ȜEres day þe holy feste heiȝ day is and good
ffor þat ilke day vr swete lord schedde furst is blood…
Last Lines:
…Vr lord for þis foure þynges let him Circumcise
Þe day is good to holde heiȝe of men þat beþ wyse
Attributed Title: ȝeris day þe holy feste (f. 21v)
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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 2v
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 1v-2
First Lines:
The ȝeris dai þe holi feste heigh dai it is & good
ffor þat dai oure suete lord schedte first his blod…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord for þese foure þingis let him circumcise
Þat day is wel to holden hiȝe of men þat ben wise
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 31v-32
First Lines:
On þe newe ȝeer day þat blessed day an heyȝk day es & good
ffor on þat day our lord ihesu schadde first his blood…
Last Lines:
…Hu our lord for þise four thynges he lette hym cirumcise
þat day is to ben holden heye Of alle men þat ben wyse
7.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 31v-32
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, f. 112
First Lines:
Newȝere day þe holy feste helie day it is & gude
for þat day our lorde criste sched firste his suete blode…
Last Lines:
…Our lord for þeȝ foure skilleȝ gart hym circumsise
Ilk man ogh to worshipe þis day if he be gude & wyse
Note: Listed as f. 111 in IMEV
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 1v-2
First Lines:
Ȝeresday þe holy feste hey day is and god
ffor þulke day oure swete louerd ssadde verst is blod…
Last Lines:
…Oure louerd for þis vour þynges let him circumsise
Þe day is wel to holde heiȝe of men þat beoþ wise
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, f. 37v
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, p. 99
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 25v-26
First Lines:
Ȝeresday þe holy fest hey day is an goud
for þulke day oure swete lord schadde furste his blod…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord for þis foure þynges lete hym circumcise
þe day is wel to hold hey of men þat beth wyse
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 6v-7
First Lines:
ȜEres dat þe holy feste hey day ys and gode
for þulke day oure swete lorde sscadde ferste ys blode…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord for þis foure þynges let him circumsyse
þe day ys wel to holde hye of men þat beþ wyse
14.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 2
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 91v
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 4
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, f. 49
First Lines:
A Holy ffeste is ȝeres day hegh fest hit is & gode
ffor on þat ilke day oure lord shed firste his blode…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord for þese þinges four lete hym circumcise
And þerfore honoures alle þat day if ȝe ben wise . Amen
Attributed Title: ȝeres day (RT)
18.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office C 47/34/1/5
19.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 49
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 6-6v
First Lines:
Neweȝeres day a greet feste is an high day and a good
For that day oure swete lorde shadde first his blood…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde for thise foure thinges bad hym hym circumcise
That it falleth to holden high of men that ben wise
Note: Incorporated in 6380.
Attributed Title: Circumcisio domini (6r)