The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2465
IMEV 1464
NIMEV 1464
In a wilderness an hermit found
The Hermit and the Angel, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For other MSS see 486.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: tales; angels
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 205v-206v
First Lines:
I awyldernes on hermett fand
On ded body fowll stynkand…
Last Lines:
…& þem to helpe fro synfull dede
& þem & vs tyll heuyn lede
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 199vb-199vc
First Lines:
IN Wildernesse an hermyte fand
A ded monnes bodi stinkand…
Last Lines:
…And hem to holde from synnes dede
And hem and vs to blisse lede. amen.
Attributed Title: De angelo & hermita in [?] odorantibus (f. 199vb)
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: 288.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 138v-139v
First Lines:
IN wildirnes ane ermite fand
A dede mannes bodi foule stinkand…
Last Lines:
…And to halde þaim fro sinfull dede
And vs & þaim to heuene lede . Amen .
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 226-228
First Lines:
In wildirnes an heremite fande
a ded mans body foule stynkand…
Last Lines:
…And þem to kepe fro synfull dede
And þem and vs til heuen lede Amen
Attributed Title: In W de heremita inueniente quemdam mortuum fotantem (p. 226)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 139-139v
First Lines:
IN wildernes an Ermyte fand
a ded mannesbodi stinkand…
Last Lines:
…& hem toholde fro Synnes dede
And hem & vs to blisse he lede Amen
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 95-95v
First Lines:
In wyldernes an hermet fand
A ded mannes body foule stynkand…
Last Lines:
…And to halde þaim fra synfull dede
And þaim and vs tyll heuen lede Amen
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 101-101v
First Lines:
In wildernes a hermete fande
A ded man body soule stinkande…
Last Lines:
…And to halde þame fra synfull dede
And vs and þai to heuen to lede
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 195v
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 4vc
First Lines:
IN wildernesse an hermite fande
A ded monnes body stynkande…
Last Lines:
…And hem to holde from synnes dede
And hem and vs to blis lede. Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio de heremita & Anglorum (f. 4vc)
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 42rb
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 118-118v
First Lines:
In wildernys and hermyte fand
A dede man is body stynkand…
Last Lines:
…And ham to hold fro synnys dede
And vs and ham to heuyn lede
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 118)