The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2761
IMEV 1643
NIMEV 1643
It was a rich man o land / Full far beyond the sea woning
Piers Toller, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For another version see Handlyng Synne (1283), lines 5569-5944.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Piers Toller
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 213v-219v
First Lines:
yt was arych man of land
ffull far be ȝond þe se wonnand…
Last Lines:
…þat yt may wasch our syns a way
& wyn vs to þat blys þat lastes ay
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 214vc-215va
First Lines:
HIt was a Riche mon of lande
ffer bi ȝonde þe see wonande…
Last Lines:
…Þat we and þei boþe may
Come to þe Ioye þat lasteþ ay Amen
Attributed Title: Here his told hou perys tollere / Cast Awhyt lof to abeggere (f. 214vb)
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: 312.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 96-101
First Lines:
It was a riche man o land
ffull ferre beȝonde þe se wonand…
Last Lines:
…þat we and þai bothe maie
Come to þe ioye þat lastis aie
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. 145-153
First Lines:
It was a riche man of londe
fful ferre beȝonde þe ce wonand…
Last Lines:
…Þat it may wasch oure synnes away
And wynne vs þat blisse þat lastes ay
Attributed Title: narracio de Petro Tollere (p. 145)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 222-225v
First Lines:
It was a riche man of lande
ful fer be ȝond þe se wonande…
Last Lines:
…And þat it may so be
sey we Amen for charite Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio de Petro tollere (f. 222); Expliciunt dominicalia Euangelia & miracula valde bona et notabilia in lingua Anglicana. Quod Staundone .R. (f. 225v)
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 150ra
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 179
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 54
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 18vb-19va
First Lines:
HIt was a riche mon of the lande
ffer biȝonde þe se wonande…
Last Lines:
…Þat we & þai boþe may
Come to þe Ioye þat lasteþ ay. Amen
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 75-79
First Lines:
It was a ryche mane of lande
ffull ferr by yonde þe se wonande…
Last Lines:
…That it be swa says inwardly
A pater noster and an Aue mary
11.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 31va
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 198-202
First Lines:
Hit wos a ryche man off land
ffull fer by ȝond þe se wonnand…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen I rede we all say
ffor þare is euyr game and play
Attributed Title: relacio (f. 198); Expliciunt exposisciones dominicarum (f. 202)
13.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 65-69
First Lines:
It was a ryche man of a lande
full fere be ȝonde þe se wonnande…
Last Lines:
…þat we and þai bayth may
come to þe blyse þat lastes ay
Note: Note folio change from Brown and Robbins (1943).
Attributed Title: Narracio de quodam diuite homine (f. 65)