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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, British Library Harley 2391
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 507; Grid 478 385 (Notts: Hand A, ff. 2-134); LP 588; Grid 489 397 (Lincs: Hand B, ff. 156v-230v); LP 910; Grid 473 421 (Lincs: Hand C, ff. 235v-238v).
Number 2988-6
1.   f. 134   Keep well ten and flee from seven / spend well five and come to heaven
Number rhymes — a single couplet
Number 1814-5
2.   f. 134   Have one God in worship
The Ten Commandments — generally eight long lines
Number 3077-4
3.   f. 134   Lief man I beseech thee
Flee the Deadly Sins — five lines
Number 3438-2
4.   f. 156v   Mary the mild of whom I mean / Is Gods mother…
The Abbess who went with Child: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle — preceded by eighteen introductory lines
Number 5160-7
5.   f. 158v   That may ye by Saint Martin see
Saints Martin, Anthony, and Machary: exempla in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 476-8
6.   f. 160   An archbishop beyond the sea / was woning in a faire city
The Archbishop and the Nun, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 65-7
7.   f. 162v   A holy man stood on a day
A Man in the Devil’s leash, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 6318-8
8.   f. 164   When holy kirk bigan newly
St. John and the Boy, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5223-8
9.   f. 166   The Book of Kings tells us
Giezi and Naaman: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle — couplets
Number 64-8
10.   f. 167   A holy man beyond the sea / Was bishop of a great city
The Knight who did penance among worms, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 528-8
11.   f. 168v   And of this seed that Satan sawes / A good tale
The Devil as Physician, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 548-9
12.   f. 170   And we find written of an hermit / That lived long without wit
The Hermit who returned to the World, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 150-6
13.   f. 170v   A rich man by old days / Thought for to leave this worlds plays
The Monk Mawryne, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 6166-8
14.   f. 173   We find written of Saint Bernard
Pater noster for St. Bernard’s palfrey, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 6037-6
15.   f. 174   To wilderness yode a young man
How a Hermit put another into Wanhope, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2758-5
16.   f. 176v   It was a knight beyond the sea / That rich man was wont to be
The Virgin Mary comes to the Devil instead of his Victim, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5159-7
17.   f. 178   That may we see by Saint Bede
St. Bede and the Birds: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2761-7
18.   f. 179   It was a rich man o land / Full far beyond the sea woning
Piers Toller, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 487-6
19.   f. 183v   An hermit woned in a wastern
The Hermit and the Thieves, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 691-6
20.   f. 185v   As we may by Saint Martin see / That was so full of charity
St Martin and the Naked Pilgrim, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2763-6
21.   f. 187   It was an Earl of much might / Beyond the sea Sir Theobald he hight
Count Theobald, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 5183-6
22.   f. 187v   That was well on Saint Edmund seen
St. Edmund and the Devil; Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 66-8
23.   f. 189v   A holy monk had great yearning / In his life to see tokening
The Monk who wished to see the least Joy in Paradise, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4717-2
24.   f. 191   Saint Matthew tells us
Narratio: Mother of James and John, from the Northern Homily Cycle (Fifth Sunday after Easter), occurring separately
Number 23-8
25.   f. 191v   A Christian priest was called Carpus
The story of Carpus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 601-3
26.   f. 192v   As I find written of a king / That never would laugh…
The Melancholy King, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 488-11
27.   f. 193v   An Hermit woned in the wilderness / That proved his disciple buxomness
The Obedient Servant, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 5598-3
28.   f. 194   There was a woman of ill fame
Story of Thais in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2465-8
29.   f. 195v   In a wilderness an hermit found
The Hermit and the Angel, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 791-8
30.   f. 196   Before time that good angel wrought / But God him self
The Fall of the Angels and the Creation of Man, in Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 6091-10
31.   f. 197   Two monks were woning in a cell
The Monk who was harsh in judging, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2491-10
32.   f. 198   In England by old days / Were kings seven as gest us shows
King Oswald and the Hermit, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 10-10
33.   f. 201   A bishop woned beyond the sea / In Sicily the rich city
The Legend of Theophilus in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 490-8
34.   f. 208v   An holy man was parish priest / And loved a friend that woned him next
The Adulterous Parish Priest, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2764-8
35.   f. 212   It was once a gardener / That to God was both lief and dear
The Thrifty Gardener, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 1843-5
36.   f. 214v   He sayeth it was once a clerk / That left the fiend and all his work
Dying Monk sees Dragon, Narratio in Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2473-6
37.   f. 216   In Antioch beyond the sea
Pelagia: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 2765-8
38.   f. 221   It was once a hende knight / That slew another knight in fight
The Knight who forgave the Slayer of his Father, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 479-9
39.   f. 222   An Emperor was once in Rome / That was righteous in his doom
Gregory and Trajan’s soul, followed by the story of Alexander and the imprisoned Jews, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 4548-5
40.   f. 222v   Saint Basil telleth soothfastly
The Despised Nun: a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 125-7
41.   f. 224   A monk was in Religion / And to backbiting was ever boune
The Backbiting Monk, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 3406-7
42.   f. 224v   Many winter witterly / Ere Christ were born of our Lady
Story of Queen Esther, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Number 11-10
43.   f. 228   A black monk in an abbey / As fermerer as I heard say
The monk who returned from death, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Number 2760-7
44.   f. 229   It was a man as I heard say / That to Saint James took the way
The Pilgrim to St. James, in the Northern Homily Cycle