The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4689
IMEV 2996
NIMEV 2996
Saint Mark begins his gospel
Gospel for the First Sunday in Advent in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: sermon texts, Gospel
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 3-5
First Lines:
Saynt marke beginnes his gospell
Wiþ wordes þat i will ȝow tell…
Last Lines:
…Of hir a party i will now tell
If þat ȝe will listen to my spell
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 167ra2-167rc
First Lines:
Seint Mark bi ginneþ his gospel
Wiþ wordus þat i wole ȝou tel…
Last Lines:
…Of hire wol a parti telle
Ȝif ȝe wol lustne to my spelle
Note: This MS breaks between 4689 and 6795 twenty-six lines later, ending 4689, ‘Hedde forȝiuenes and mercie’.
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.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 3-6
First Lines:
Seynt Marke begynnes his gospelle
With Wordes þat I sale ȝowe tolle…
Last Lines:
…When criste come gostly til hire herte
Of hire synne rise he hire gerte
Attributed Title: Hic incipiunt euangelia exposita in lingua anglicana a dominica prima aduentus & cetera (p. 3)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 40-41v
First Lines:
SEynt mark beginniþ his gospelle
wiþ wordis þat I wile ȝow telle…
Last Lines:
…of hire I wile a parti telle
if ȝe wile listne to my spelle
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 8-10
First Lines:
Saynt marke bygynnes hys spell
Wyt wordys þat I sall ȝou tell…
Last Lines:
…Of hyre will I a party tell
If ȝe wyll ly the and styll dwell
Attributed Title: Inicium sancti euangelii secundum Marcum (f. 8)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 30358, ff. 4-5v
First Lines:
Saynt mark begynnes þus hys gospell
With wordes þat I sall ȝow tell…
Last Lines:
…Yf ȝe will lyth vn to my spell
Of hyr apertly wyll I tell
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 3-5
First Lines:
Sainte Marke begynnes his gospell
With wordes þat I shall þow tell…
Last Lines:
…Iff ȝe will lyth vnto my spell
Of hir apertly will I yow tell
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 1v
9.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 17ra-17vb
First Lines:
[S]Ayn mark byginnes his godspel
Wit wordes þat I wil you tel…
Last Lines:
…Of hir wil ik aperti telle
Yef ye will list and liþe mi spel
Attributed Title: Incipit euangelium domine Secundum Marcum (f. 17ra)
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 9-20.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, ff. 1vb-2va
First Lines:
SAynt Mathew bygynnes hys gospell
With wordes I wyll ȝow tell…
Last Lines:
…Off hyre I wyll a parti tell
Yff þat ȝe wyll lysten to my spell