The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5159
IMEV 3288
NIMEV 3288
That may we see by Saint Bede
St. Bede and the Birds: Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Bede the Venerable, saint; birds
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 211v-213v
First Lines:
ffrendes we may see be sant bede
þat mekyll vsyd all gud dede…
Last Lines:
…þat we þen with hym lend
Vnto þat blys þat hathys non end
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 92v-94
First Lines:
þat mai we se be saynte Bede
þat mikil wroȝt goddes dede…
Last Lines:
…And þat we may wiþ him wende
Into þe ioye wiþ outen ende . Amen .
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 184vc-185ra
First Lines:
ÞAt may we seo beo seint Bede
Þat muche ferde wiþ such good dede…
Last Lines:
…And þat we may þenne wiþ him wende
In to his blisse wiþ outen ende. AMEN.
Attributed Title: Hou stoones onswerede seynt Bede (f. 184vc)
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: 274.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 109-110
First Lines:
Þat may we seen be seynt Bede
þat euere was besi in good dede
For wreten in his lyf we fynde
þat he was in his elde al blynde…
Last Lines:
…And þat we may þan wiþ him wende
vn to his blisse wiþ outen ende
Note: Division between 3288 and the preceding 4670 occurs 2 lines later in this MS, for begins ‘For wreten…’.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 138-141
First Lines:
ffor of Seynt Bede writen we fyhnde
Þat in his elde was al blynde…
Last Lines:
…And þat we may þen with him wende
Vnto þat blisse þat neuer sale ende
Attributed Title: narracio de sancto Beda qualiter predicabat lapidibus (margin, p. 139)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 72-73
First Lines:
And þat may yhe se be sainte bede
That mykill farde with skyll gud dede…
Last Lines:
…And þat we may with hym wende
Vnto blys with outen ende
7.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 178
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 30va
9.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 61-62
First Lines:
And þat may ȝe se be saynte bede
þat mykelde farde with swelke gude dedis…
Last Lines:
…& at we may þan with hym wende
vnto þe blysse with outene ende
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 81-82v
First Lines:
And þat may se be seint bede
þat moche ferd with soche dede…
Last Lines:
…And þat we may with hym wend
In to þat blis with outyn end
Note: Listed in Brown and Robbins (1943) as appearing on f. 80; written as if continuation of 4670, with no indication of new text at its first line.