The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4723
IMEV 3021
NIMEV 3021
Saint Matthew the evangelist / Tells us today how Christ
Gospel for the Third Sunday after the Octave of Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For the version in the ‘expanded’ Cycle see 4939.
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. 42v-44
First Lines:
Saynte mathewe þe euangeliste
Tellis vs to daye how ihesu criste…
Last Lines:
…Of þir wormis will i tell
A tale if ȝe will here my spell
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 176vb-176vc
First Lines:
SEint Matheu þe Ewangelyst
Telleþ vs to day hou crist…
Last Lines:
…Of þeos wormes wol I spelle
And a tale ȝif ȝe wol here me telle
Attributed Title: Assendente Ihesu in nauiculam secuti sunt (f. 176vb)
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. 69-72
First Lines:
SEynt Matheu þe euangelist
Telles vs þis day howe ihesu crist…
Last Lines:
…And of þese wormes & ȝe wille duelle
A litel tale I wille ȝowe telle
Attributed Title: Dominica quarta post octavam Epiphanie secundum Mathium (p. 69)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 70-71
First Lines:
SEynt matthew oe Euangeliste
telliþ vs þis day how crist…
Last Lines:
…of these wormys I wile spelle
a tale if ȝe herin me telle
Attributed Title: Ascendente ihesu in nauiculam & cetera (f. 70)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 41-42
First Lines:
Sant Mathu þe euangelyste
Tels vs today of ihesu criste…
Last Lines:
…Of þir wormes wyll I tell
A tale If ȝe will here my spell
Attributed Title: Dominica iiiia post octabas epiphanie secundum Matheum (f. 41)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 39-40v
First Lines:
Saint matheu and þe ewangelyste
Telles vs to day of ihesu cryste…
Last Lines:
…Off þeir wormes will I tell
A tale yf ȝe wyll her my spell
7.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 31ra-32vb
First Lines:
sAin matheu þe wangeliste
Tellis us to dai hou crist…
Last Lines:
…And of eir wormes wil I tell
A tal yef ye wil her mi spelle
Attributed Title: Dominica iiia post octavam epiphanie secundum matheum (f. 32ra)
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 134-8.
Morris, Richard, ed. Specimens of Early English A.D. 1250-A.D. 1400. Oxford, 1867 [See also Morris and Skeat (1882)]: 151-4.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 15vb
9.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 14-15v
First Lines:
Saynt mathew þe euangileste
telles vs to day of ihesu criste…
Last Lines:
…and of þise wormes wyll I tell
a tale ic yfe ȝe wyll here my spell
Attributed Title: Dominica iija post octavas Epiphanie Secundum Matheum (f. 14)
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 32-33v
First Lines:
Seint mathew þe wangelyst
Tellyth vs to day who crist…
Last Lines:
…Of þir wormys wil I ȝow tell
A tale ȝyff ȝe wil hyre my spell
Attributed Title: Dominica quarta post octavam epiphanie (f. 32)