The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3000
IMEV 1823
NIMEV 1823
King of grace and full of pity / Lord of Heaven I-blessed thou be
The Fifteen Signs before the Day of Judgment, prefaced by a short invocation of nine couplets
Note: MSS without the invocation formerly listed as 1309 (see numbers 2-3 below); cf. also 4797.
Subjects: Doomsday, signs of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1416 (SC 7611), ff. 124-124v
First Lines:
Kynge of grace & full of pittie
Lord of heuyn blessed thou be…
Last Lines:
…then all that byn a lyue
shall then to duste be dryue
Note: Lines 1-36 only
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. E.6 (SC 30314), a roll, second item
First Lines:
XV tokenes tellin y may
XV dayis be forin domis day
Also him seyez þe profecie
Aftir þe wordis of ieromie…
Last Lines:
…Wanne we habbin nede & nouþe
þou vs bringe out of þe deuelis mouþe
Note: 212 lines
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 86 (SC 1687), ff. 120v-122v
First Lines:
Fiftene toknen ich tellen may
Of xv dayes er domesdai…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu crist ȝe þat we moten
Ar we bended of oure sunnen debote
Note: 70 lines of text are lost with the outer half of f. 121.
Attributed Title: Les xv singnes de domesdai (f. 120v)
Tschann, Judith A., and Malcolm B. Parkes. “Introduction.” Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86 EETS s.s. 16 (1996).
Stengel, Edmund. Coducem Manu Scriptum Digby 86…. Halle: Orphanotrophei, 1871: 53-7.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 407 (SC 10234), ff. 45-47v
First Lines:
…The xite day schal come þounder lyth
With stormys grete & strong flyth…
Last Lines:
…Whan body & soule schal parte a too
Crist vs graunt þat it be soo
Note: Begins imperfectly at top of folio, Day XI to Day XV only. Also foliated pages 87-92. Hamer (1995) lists as ‘Reference wrong’, since bad key lists as Tanner 412 (SC 10239).
Attributed Title: Explicit quinquedecim Signa (f. 47v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.11.24 (263), pt. II, f. 27v
First Lines:
Kynge of grace & ful of pyte
Lord of heuyn I blyssyd þou be…
Last Lines:
…And grawnt vs thatt hytt so be
Amen Amen lord ffor charite
Note: 35 couplets, including 4 couplet invocation and two incomplete couplets of one line each.
Attributed Title: Quindecim signa ante diem iudicij (f. 27v)
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ…and other religious poems. EETS o.s. 24 (1867); repr. 1973: 118-25.
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 89rb-91rb
First Lines:
Kyng of heuen blessed þu be
Lorde of grace & of pyte…
Last Lines:
…When we haue done here our ende
To þy Ryche blysse þat we mowe wende
Note: Treated as continuation of 436, with only a small paraph mark to left of first line; arabic numbers to left of first line for each of the 15 days; large centered and yellow-washed ‘Amen for charite’ after last line, f. 91rb.
Varnhagen, Hermann. “Zu mittelenglischen gedichten: IV-X.” Anglia 3 (1880): 59-67, 275-92, 415-25, 533-51: 544-51.
7.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk], ff. 23-26v
First Lines:
Kyng of blysse blyssyd þu be
lord of myth and of pete…
Last Lines:
…ffader the sonne and the holy goste
kyng and lord thow arte moste
Note: Ends line 266
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. A Commonplace Book of the Fifteenth Century. Norwich: Kerrison, Goose, 1886: 71-9.