The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4720
IMEV 3018
NIMEV 3018
Saint Matthew the evangelist / Says that Saint John the Baptist
Gospel for the Third Sunday in Advent in the Northern Homily Cycle
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. 10v-12
First Lines:
Saynte mathewe þe ewangeliste
Saise þat saint Iohan þe baptiste…
Last Lines:
…In stede of tale i will ȝow tell
How it of his slaghtir fell
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 168rb-168va
First Lines:
Seint Matheu þe Ewangelist
Seiþ þat seint Ion þe Baptist…
Last Lines:
…In stude of tale I wol ow telle
Hou hit of his slauhtur felle
Attributed Title: Cum audisset Iohannes inuinculis opera cristi (f. 168rb)
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. 16-21
First Lines:
Seynt Matheu þe euangelist
Sais þat Seynt Iohne baptist…
Last Lines:
…To blisse þat may haue none endynge
Oure lorde ihesu þedire vs bryng
Attributed Title: Dominica iiia aduentus secundum Mathium (p. 16)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 45v-46v
First Lines:
SEynt Mathew þe euangelist
seyth þat seynt iohn baptist…
Last Lines:
…In stede of a tale I wile ȝow telle
hou it of his sleing befelle
Attributed Title: Cum Audisset iohannes in vinculis opera cristi (f. 45v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 15v-16v
First Lines:
Sante mathew þe wangelyste
Says þat sant iohn þe baptyste…
Last Lines:
…In stede of tale I wyll ȝou tell
How yt of hys schandyre fell
Attributed Title: Dominica tercia aduentus domini (f. 15)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 30358, ff. 10v-13v
First Lines:
Saynt mathew þe euangylist
Sayse þat saynt Ion þe Baptist…
Last Lines:
…I send he sayd my mesanger
Be for my face my word to ber
Note: Ends imperfectly.
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 10-14
First Lines:
Sant mathow þis euagoliste
Sais þat saint Iohn þe baptiste…
Last Lines:
…Vnto þat blise þat has na endynge
Oure ihesus þithir vs brynge Amen
8.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 127ra
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 5va
10.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 20vb-21rb
First Lines:
sAyn mathew þe wangeliste
Sais þat sain Ion þe baptiste…
Last Lines:
…In sted of tal I wille you telle
Hou it of his slahter felle
Attributed Title: Dominica iiia aduentus domini secundum matheum (f. 20va)
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 34-8.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
11.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, ff. 4vb-5rb
First Lines:
SAynt mathew þe wangelyst
Sayd þat þe sayng Iohn baptist…
Last Lines:
…In sted of a tale I wyll ȝow telle
How it of hys slaghtyre fell
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 2-3v
First Lines:
Seynt mathu þe wangelyst
Seyt þat seynt Ion þe baptyst…
Last Lines:
…He helyd noght bot styth he stode
And for soth saw schad hys blode
In styd of tayl I wol ȝow tell
How hyt of hys slaghtyr fell
Sais þat saint Iohn þe baptiste
Note: Ends two lines earlier than usual, with last two lines above treated as first two of 5353.
Attributed Title: Dominica tercia aduentus domini (f. 2)