The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5103
IMEV 3254
NIMEV 3254
Take no God but One in heaven
The Ten Commandments, a tag in the Fasciculus morum — 10 lines in couplets
Note: For the four Latin hexameters roughly translated here, see Walther (1969), no. 19669, 9121; and cf. 1814
Subjects: Ten Commandments; sermons, verse in; translations
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 187 (SC 2090), f. 143rb
First Lines:
Take no god but on in heuen
Neme nat hys name yn ydyl steuyn…
Last Lines:
…þy neyburs gud þu ne wille
Ne wyf ne dowtyr for to spylle
Note: Written as prose.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 410 (SC 2305), f. 21v
First Lines:
Take no god but on in heuen
take not his nome In yvel steuen…
Last Lines:
…þi nekburgh good þu shall not wylle
his wyf his doughter þu shalt not spille
Note: Written as prose.
Little, Andrew George. Studies in English Franciscan History. Manchester: Manchester UP; London: Longman’s, 1917: 150, n. 1.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 213 (SC 1045), f. 29
First Lines:
Take no god but on in heuyn
Take not his name in ydyll steuen…
Last Lines:
…þy neybour good þu schalt not wylle
hys wyf hys dowter thow schalt nott spyll
Note: Written as prose.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 568 (SC 1117), f. 24rb
First Lines:
Tak noo god bot on in heuyn
Neme noght hys nome in ydyl steuyn…
Last Lines:
…thy neyburs gode ne þou wyll
Ne wyffe ne doghter ne mayden more for to spul
Note: Written as prose.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.670 (SC 12514), f. 39
First Lines:
Take no god but oon in heuen
Neme nouȝt his name in ydel steuen…
Last Lines:
…Þin neyyborus godes þou ne wyll
Ny wyf ne douȝtur for to spylle
Wenzel, Siegfried. Verses in Sermons: ‘Fasciculus morum’ and Its Middle English Poems. Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America, 1978: 155.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 71/38, f. 30v
First Lines:
Worschip no god bot one in heuen
Take not hys name in hidel steuen…
Last Lines:
…þi negthbor gud in no will
No wyff ne doghtre for to spill
7.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College F.22 (159), f. 52v
First Lines:
Take no gode bot one in heuene
Neuyne not hys name in ydil steuyne…
Last Lines:
…þi neghbures gude þu ne wyll
ne wyf no doghter for to spill
Note: Written as prose.
8.Source: Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Library 82, f. 45v
First Lines:
Take noo god but oone in heuen
Nym nott his name in ydel steven…
Last Lines:
…Thes been the hestes of grettest mede
Kepe hem well ȝif thou wultt spede
Note: Six couplets.
9.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 44 (A.2.13), ff. 172rb-172va
First Lines:
Take non god bute on þu heuene
Neme noth his name in hydyl steuene
Kepe ryȝt wel þy holy day
þy fadur þy modur þu worchep ay…
Last Lines:
…þy nethbours goud þu ne wille
ne wyfe ne þouȝter forto spille
10.Source: London, Gray’s Inn 15, f. 72v
[T]Ake no god but on in hewene
[N]Ame nowth his name in hydis stewene
[L]Oke ryth wel þin halyday
[N]E fals wytnesse þow ne beer
[Þ]Ow schalt don non lecherye
[N]E non thefte of felonye
[Þ]in neyȝebour godus þou ne wille
[N]E wyf ne dowtyr for to spylle
[W]yt hem wel and þou schalt spede
Note: 12 lines, with additional couplet similar to 5103-8. Guide letters indicate unexecuted initial letters.
11.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.19, f. 175ra-175rb
First Lines:
Take non god bot on in heuene
Nem noȝt his name in ydyl steuene…
Last Lines:
…Þy neghebor god þu ne wille
Ne wyfe ne douȝter for to spille
Wilson, J. M. “Worcester Cathedral Library, from the Report of the Librarian, Canon J. M. Wilson.” The Library 4th ser. 2 (1921-22): 257-65: 263.