The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4247
IMEV 2670
NIMEV 2670
Oft then have ye heard tell
Euangelium in vigilia Sancti Iohannis Baptiste’ in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For the version in the ‘expanded’ Cycle see 2514.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: sermon texts, Gospel
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 238-239v
First Lines:
Offt þan haue ȝe herd tell
Baþe in tale & in spell…
Last Lines:
…Before criste sall he graithe þe waie
& rightwise folk to him puruaie
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 139v-140v
First Lines:
Often haue I herd telle
boþe in talking & in spelle
þat seynt Iohn þe Baptist…
Last Lines:
…Be forn god he schal greythen þe way
and gode men to him puruay
Note: No division marker between this and the following text, 5035.
Attributed Title: In die Natiuitatis sancti Iohannis Baptiste Precursoris nostri ihesu cristi (f. 139v)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 154v-155v
First Lines:
Of tyme haf ȝe hard tell
Both in tale and in spell…
Last Lines:
…By for cryste sall be grayth þe way
And ryght wys folk tyll heuen purway
Attributed Title: In vigilia natiuitatis sancti iohannis baptiste… (f. 154v)
4.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 202v-204v
First Lines:
Offt haue ȝe herd tell
Both in talkyn and in spell…
Last Lines:
…Be for crist schall he gray þe way
And ryghtwyse folk to hym puruay
Attributed Title: In vigilia sancti Iohannis baptiste secundum Lucam (f. 202v)