The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 291
An holy man was parish priest / And loved a friend that woned him next
The Adulterous Parish Priest, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle ; Adulterous Parish Priest
Subjects: adultery, tales of; clergy, sins of; penitence; confession; exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon]: not in this MS.

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 226-227v
First Lines:
A holy man þat was a prest
þat lufyd afrend þat wonyd hym nest…
Last Lines:
…þat we may at our endyng day
Com to þat blys þat lastes ay
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 175-179v
First Lines:
A hali man was parihsse preste
And lufid a frende þat wonid him neste…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde iesu criste vs spede
To do penaunce & þider vs lede
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 205va-206rb
First Lines:
AN holi mon was parisch prest
And loued a frend þat woned him nest…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord Ihesu crist vs spede
To do penaunce and þider vs lede Amen.
Attributed Title: Hou a prest lay by amayden (f. 205va)
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.
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 297.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 283-290
First Lines:
An holi man it was a preste
Þat lufed a frende þat duelled him neste…
Last Lines:
…Þat we may at oure endyng day
Come til þat ioy þat lastes ay
Attributed Title: narracio de sacerdote fornicante sed post ea penitente sed non confitente (p. 283)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 182v-186
First Lines:
AN holi man was a parisch prest
& louid a frend þat wonid him nest…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord ihesu crist vs spede
to don penaunce & thedir vs lede
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 182v)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 10rb2-11ra
First Lines:
AN holy man was parische prest
And loued a frend þat woned hym nest…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord Ihesu crist vs spede
To do penaunce & þider vs lede. Amen
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 135-139
First Lines:
A haly man was parihsse preste
And luffed a frende þat wonnide him neste…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord Ihesu criste vs spede
To do pennaunce & þider vs lede. Amen
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 208v
9.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 51va
10.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 138-142
First Lines:
Ane haly man was perryst preste
þat louede a frende þat wonned hym neste…
Last Lines:
…oure lorde ihesu cryste vs spede
to do penaunce & þedyr vs lede
Attributed Title: How a haly preste [illegible] (added in the right margin, f. 138)
11.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 150-154
First Lines:
An holy man wos paroche preste
And louyd a frend þat wonnyd hym neste…
Last Lines:
…Þan may his sorow answere ryght
Vn to þe lykynge off his plyght
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 150)