The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4178
IMEV 2632
NIMEV 2632
Of joy and bliss is all my song care to believe
The Conception of Mary and the Expanded Nativity in the South English Legendary, beginning with an 84-line prologue — 280 lines in couplets with internal rhyme, plus 898 lines
Note: A revision of 6380, incorporating former 38; see Pickering (1975).
Title(s): Concepcio Marie ; South English Legendary
Subjects: prologues; Virgin Mary, conception of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 271v-272v
First Lines:
…Aftir þat anne wit childe was & þat wit ryȝt kinde
Ȝhe bar þat swete barn þat euer worþ in mynde…
Last Lines:
…Ȝhe was mayde widue & wif ȝe so is non þat haþ þe þre
now god for þe loue of here bring vs þer ȝhe be…
…Out of Sesar augostus þer com a soche lym
Þat was fram þe emperour þat hyȝt octauyan…
…& þus endeþ þe gospel amyd winter nyȝt
now crist vs sende helpe of soule þat al may dele & dyȝt
Note: Lines 153-274 and lines 495-648, respectively, Concepcio Marie.
Attributed Title: Þe birþe of Ihesu crist (f. 22)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 208v-209v
First Lines:
Of Ioie & blisse is al my song kare to bileue
to herie him among þat al our sorwe schal reue…
Last Lines:
…þat swete bern our kunde boþe of flesch & felle
Of þe kunde of wan we come somwat ic mot telle
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden. Paderborn: F. Schoningh, 1875: 64-81.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 209v-212
First Lines:
A good mon þat men clupede isacar was bi olde dawe
In bedlehem þat doȝtren hadde two In þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…Ac naþeles þer wiþþoute me mai ifynde some
Ac ȝif god wole hi mowe amende ar hi to deþe come
Note: Opening stanza formerly 38.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414), ff. 71ra-71va
First Lines:
Off ioye & blisse is my song care to bileue
& to herie hym among þat al our sorouȝ schal reue…
Last Lines:
…þorouȝ whiche preciouse deþ god vs grant þat grace
þat we mowe after our deþ in heuen haue a place
Note: Prologue only, separately.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Adam Davy’s 5 Dreams about Edward II, etc. from Bodleian Laud Misc. 622. EETS o.s. 69 (1878; repr. 1973): 93-6.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 353-358
First Lines:
A goed man þat me clupede Ysachar was by olde dawe
In Bethleem þat douȝtren hadde two in þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
… Ak naþeles þer wiþ oute me may ffynde some
Ak ȝif god wole hi mowe amende ar hi to deþe come
Note: Opening formerly 38.
Attributed Title: Anna (RT)
6.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, ff. 27-30
First Lines:
Off ioie and blisse is now mi þouȝt care to bli[...]
Vor te herien him among þat al oure s[.]r schal ieue…
Last Lines:
…Ac naþeles al þer withoute me may ȝet finde some
Ac ȝif god wole heo amendeþ hem ar heo to deþe come
Note: Only complete copy of Nativity; continues with 938 and 6335.
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden. Paderborn: F. Schoningh, 1875: 64-81; 81-109.