The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 288
An hermit woned in a wastern
The Hermit and the Thieves, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: Cf. Furnivall (1901), 1.198-9.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle; The Hermit and the Thieves
Subjects: thieves; exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 104-104v
First Lines:
Ane Ermite woned in a wasterne
þat litil gude had to therne…
Last Lines:
…Meke ihesu lorde euer more vs spede
To meke oure hertes & þider vs lede
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 158-160
First Lines:
And for þat onli gifes he made
Als we of an heremyte rede…
Last Lines:
…Nowe ihesu crist oure heuene kyng
To þat blisse vs alle nowe bryng
Attributed Title: A Tale (added, p. 158)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 115-115v
Note: Variant beginning, connected without mark for separation with preceding text, 4641; followed by heading for next text, on Palm Sunday, but no text and f. 116 missing.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 85-86
First Lines:
Ane ermyte wonte in wastyn
That litill catell hade to tyne…
Last Lines:
…Ihesus our mek lorde vs þan spede
To make our hertes and þithir vs lede
5.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 158vb
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 183v
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 62vb
Rosenthal, Constance Lowegrund. The Vitae Patrum in Old and Middle English Literature. Philadelphia, 1936; repr. Folcroft, PA: Folcroft Library, 1974: 161.
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 33ra
9.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 75-75v
First Lines:
ane hermyte wonede in a wasten
þat lytill catell hade to tene…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu oure meke lorde vs spede
To make oure hertis & þider vs lede
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 88v-89
First Lines:
An hermyte wonnyd in wastyng
And catell had þat he moght tyne…
Last Lines:
…Oure mek loueryd ihesu vs sped
To meke oure hert and þedyr vs lede