The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3406
IMEV 2094
NIMEV 2094
Many winter witterly / Ere Christ were born of our Lady
Story of Queen Esther, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Esther, queen, story of; Old Testament
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 213vc-214rc
First Lines:
MOny winter witerly
Or crist weore boren of vre ladi…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord bringe vs to þat blis
þat to goode men greiþed is. AMEN.
Attributed Title: Of amon and of mardocheus (f. 213vc)
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: 310.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 228-231v
First Lines:
HEre maie ȝe se þe felonie
Of þe Iewes þat þorgh enuye…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde bringe vs to þat blisse
þat to swilk men graithid is . Amen .
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 351-357
First Lines:
fful many wynters witerly
Or crist was borne of oure lady…
Last Lines:
…Þus til do god lene vs myght
And bryng vs alle til heuen bright Amen
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, f. 209v
First Lines:
Fvl many wynter sekirli
or crist was born of oure ladi…
Last Lines:
…Þus to do god ȝeue vs myght
& bring vs alle to heuene bright Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio (fr. 209v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 151v-154v
First Lines:
Many wyntere wytterly
Ar god was born of our lady…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord bryng vs to þat blys
Þat tyll gude doctours graythed ys
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 151v)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 18ra-18rc
First Lines:
MOni wynter witerli
Or crist were born of vre ladi…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord bringe vs to þat blis
Þat to goode men greiþed is. Amen
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 224v
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 62ra
9.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 184v-187
First Lines:
Many wynter wyterly
or cryste was borne of oure lade…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde brynge vs to þat blyse
Þat tyll gude docturs graythede ys
Attributed Title: Narracio bona (added, top r. margin, f. 184v)
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 193v-196v
First Lines:
Many wyntyr wyttirly
Or crist wos borne off oure leuedy…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd bryng vs to þat blys
Þat to gode dettowrys graythid is
Attributed Title: relacio (f. 193v)