The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 132
After this brightness and this leam / These herds come to Bethleham
Missa in mane natalis domini, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: For the version in the ‘expanded’ Cycle see 550.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Christ, birth of
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: 6771: not in this MS.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 20v-21v
First Lines:
Efftir þis brightnes & þis leme
þir hirdmen come to bedleeme…
Last Lines:
…Als duse þe takenynge of mekenes
ffor agaynes fendes it maste es
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], f. 171rb-171rc
First Lines:
After þis brihtnes and þis leem
þeos herdes come to Bethleem…
Last Lines:
…As doþ þe tokne of Meknes
ffor aȝein fendes most hit is
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.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 32-37
First Lines:
After þis brightnes and þis leme
Þise hirdes come to Bedlehem…
Last Lines:
…Of mekenes to þat grete blisse
Þat to make men ordande is
Attributed Title: Euangelium in secundam missa in die natalis domini secundum Lucam (p. 31)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 53-54
First Lines:
After þis brihtnes & þis lem
these herdis com to bethlem…
Last Lines:
…as doþ þe tokne of mekenes
for a ȝen fendis most it is
Note: No break between this and preceding work, 6772, in this MS, nor between this and following work, 5160.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 24v-25v
First Lines:
Aftyr þis brygnes and þis leme
þare herdes come to bethleem…
Last Lines:
…Als dos þe takenyng of meknes
ffore agayne þe fende maste it es
Attributed Title: Missa in mane Secundum lucam (f. 24v)
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 64-8.
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 19v-20
First Lines:
Eftir this bryhtnes and þis leme
Ther hirdes come to bethleeme…
Last Lines:
…Als dose þe takenyng of meknes
ffor agayne þe fende mast it es
7.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 11v-12v
First Lines:
Efftyr þis breyghnys and þis leme
þis herdys come to bethleem…
Last Lines:
…As is þe toknynge of mekenys
ffor agaynys þe fendys most hyt is
Attributed Title: In nativitate domini (f. 11v)