The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1843
IMEV 1144
NIMEV 1144
He sayeth it was once a clerk / That left the fiend and all his work
Dying Monk sees Dragon, Narratio in Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For other MSS see 4607.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: monks; dragons
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 188-192v
First Lines:
HE saise it was ane tyme a clerk
þat lefft þe fende and all his werk…
Last Lines:
…þat we mai at oure endinge daie
In heuene wone in gammen & plaie . Amen .
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. 207va-208rb
First Lines:
HE seiþ hit was ones a Clerk
Þat lefte þe fend and al his werk…
Last Lines:
…To heuene þer euere is game and play
AMEN I Rede we alle say. AMEN.
Attributed Title: Of an holy monk þat hedde a wicked broþer (f. 207va)
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: 299.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 12rb-12vc
First Lines:
HE seiþ hit was ones a clerk
Þat left þe fende and al his werk…
Last Lines:
…To heuene þere euer is gomen & play
Amen I rede we alle say. Amen
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 148-152
First Lines:
He saith it was ane tyme a clerke
Þat lefte þe fende and all hys werke…
Last Lines:
…Þat we may all owre endyng daye
In heuene wonne with game and playe
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 214v
6.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 54va
7.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 152-156
First Lines:
He says it was anes a clerke
þat mykyll couth of godes warke…
Last Lines:
…whare euer we sall synge and say
tyll heuene þer euer es game & play
8.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 161v-165
First Lines:
He seith hit wos a clerk
Þat lefft þe fende and al hys werk…
Last Lines:
…To heuyn þare euer is gamyn and play
Amen I rede we all say
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 161v)