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Harkeneth all good men and still sitteth a-down
‘A lutel soth Sermun’ — fifty-four long lines in couplets, with occasional medial rhyme
Title(s): lutel soth Sermun
Subjects: advice, spiritual; religious instruction; sermons
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Jesus College 29, Part II, f. 185
First Lines:
Herkneþ alle gode men and stylle sitteþ a dun
And ich ou wile tellen a lutel soþ sermun…
Last Lines:
…Al so wis so he god is for hire erendynge
To þe blysse of heouene he vs alle brynge
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 186-91.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 284.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 11-12.
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.IX, ff. 248va2-249ra
First Lines:
Herkineð alle gode men and stille sitteþ adoun
And ich eou ƿule tellen a lutel sermum…
Last Lines:
…Also wis so he god his for hire erndinge
To þe blisse of heuene he us all bring
AMEN
Note: Written as prose.
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Cotton Caligula A IX. http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Cotton_MS_Caligula_A_IX.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. An Old English Miscellany: A Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred and Religious Poems of the Thirteenth Century. EETS o.s. 49 (1872); repr. 1988: 186-91.
Wright, Thomas, ed. The Owl and the Nightingale. Percy Society 11. London: Richard, 1843: 80-4.