The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 2764
IMEV 1646
NIMEV 1646
It was once a gardener / That to God was both lief and dear
The Thrifty Gardener, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle ; The Thrifty Gardener
Subjects: tales
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 206vb-207rc
First Lines:
HIt was enes a Gardinere
þat was to god boþe leue and dere…
Last Lines:
…God ȝif vs grace þat we may
Come to þat Ioye þat lasteþ ay. AMEN.
Attributed Title: Hou a mon wytdrou almesdede forto gadere money (f. 207vb)
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: 298.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 228-229
First Lines:
yt was som tym a gardyner
þat was to god both leue & dere…
Last Lines:
…In clene lyf tyll our endyng
& tyll hys þi all vs bryng
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 182-187
First Lines:
It was anes a gardinere
þat to god was bothe leue & dere…
Last Lines:
…God giue vs grase it may so be
Amen amen percharite
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. 293-299
First Lines:
It was summe tyme a gardynere
Þat was til god ful lefe & dere…
Last Lines:
…In clene life til oure endyng
And til þi blise vs ale þou bryng Amen
Attributed Title: narracio de ortolano colligente pecuniam (p. 293)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 187v-189v
First Lines:
It was sum tyme a Gardinere
Þat was to god ful leef & dere…
Last Lines:
…In clene lyf to oure ending
and to þi blisse vs alle þu bring Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 187v)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 11rc-12ra
First Lines:
HIt was enes a Gardinere
Þat was to god boþe leue & dere…
Last Lines:
…God ȝiue vs grace þat we may
Come to þe Ioye þat lasteþ ay. Amen
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 141v-146v
First Lines:
It was anes a gardener
That to gode was bath leue & der…
Last Lines:
…God gyf vs grace þat itt may so be
Amen Amen for charite
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 212
9.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 53vb
10.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 144-146v
First Lines:
Itt was anes a gerdynere
þat was to god full lefe & dere…
Last Lines:
…The tother braunche of ryghtwysnes
es callede wylfull bouxsomnes
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 156v-160v
First Lines:
Hit wos onys a gaderere
Þat wos to god full leffe and dere…
Last Lines:
…God ȝyff vs gras þat we may
Cum to þe ioy þat lestyth ay
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 156v)