The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
A rich man by old days / Thought for to leave this worlds plays
The Monk Mawryne, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: For a different version of this legend see 1785.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Mawryne the monk
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], p. 204.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 56-59
First Lines:
A Ryche man be alde daies
þoȝt forto leeue þis werldes plaies…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde ihesus criste vs spede
To be tholemode & thidir vs lete
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 179vb-180rb
First Lines:
A Riche mon by olde dawes
Þouhte to leue þis worldus plawes…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord Ihesu crist vs spede
To beo Meke and þidere vs lede. Amen.
Attributed Title: Hou seynt Maryne was diffamed (f. 179vb)
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.
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 259.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 84v-87
First Lines:
A Ryche man be olde dayes
Þouhte to leuen þis worldis playes…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord ihesu crist vs spede
to ben meke & thedir vs lede
Note: Text missing due to loss of folio 86.
Attributed Title: Narracio bona (added, f. 84v)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 56v-59
First Lines:
A ryche man be alde dayes
Thoght to for sake þis werdys playes…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord ihesu criste vs spede
To be tholmond and þeder vs lede
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 56v)
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 55v-58v
First Lines:
A riche man by ald days
Thought at leue þis worldes plays…
Last Lines:
…Our ihesus cryst lord vs spede
And he tholmode and he þider vs lede
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 170v
7.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 21va
8.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 31-34
First Lines:
A ryche man by alde dayes
Thoght to lefe þis werlde playes…
Last Lines:
…oure lorde ihesu cryste vs spede
to be tholomede & þider vs lede
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 50v-53v
First Lines:
A ryche man by old days
þoght for to leue his worldys plays…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd ihesu crist vs spede
To be tholmode and þedyr vs lede
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 50v)