The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 5511
IMEV 3492
NIMEV 3492
The twelfth day from Christs birth
Gospel for Epiphany in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: For the version in the ‘expanded’ Cycle see 6387.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: Epiphany, feast of; sermon texts, Gospel
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 30-34
First Lines:
The twelft daye fra cristis birthe
Biddes cristen men make ioye & myrthe…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde ihesu criste vs spede
To do penaunce & þider vs lede . Amen .
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 173vc-174va
First Lines:
ÞE twelfþe day from cristes burþe
Cristen men make muche murþe…
Last Lines:
…Vre lord Ihesu crist vs spede
To do penaunce and þider vs lede AMEN
Attributed Title: Cum natus esset Ihesu in Bethleem Iude (f. 173vc)
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. 47-54
First Lines:
þE tuelft day fro cristes birthe
Burd cristen men make ioy & myrthe…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde ihesu crist vs spede
Til do penaunce & þedire vs lede
Attributed Title: In epiphania domini Euangelium secundum mathium (p. 47)
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 60v-63v
First Lines:
On þe twelf day fro cristis birthe
cristen men make moche mirthe…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord ihesu crist vs spede
to don penauns & þedir vs lede
Note: Folio 61 missing.
Attributed Title: Cum natus esset ihesus in Bethleem inde in diebus herodis regis ecce magi et cetera (f. 60v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 32-34v
First Lines:
The twelfe day fra cristes berth
Byddys cristen men make ioy and merth…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord ihesu criste vs spede
To do penance and þeder vs lede
Attributed Title: In die Epiphanie domini secundum Matheum (f. 32)
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 28-31v
First Lines:
The tuelfte day fra cristes birth
Will crysten men make ioy & myrth…
Last Lines:
…And at Ihesu vs sa spede
To do penaunces and þithir vs lede
7.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 26va-28rb
First Lines:
þe tuelft dai fra cristes birthe
Bides cristen men mak ioy and myrþe
Last Lines:
…Our lauerd iesus crist us rede
To do penans and þider us lede
Note: Last word of second line erased.
Attributed Title: In ephiphania domini secundum matheum (f. 26va)
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 94-106.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
8.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 11vb
9.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 2v-6
First Lines:
The twlfe day fra crystes byrth
byddes crysten men make Ioy & mirȝth…
Last Lines:
…oure lorde ihe ihesu cryst vs spede
To do penaunce & þidyr vs lede
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 20v-24
First Lines:
Þe twolft day fro crist is byrth
Byddyt cristynmen mak ioy and myrth…
Last Lines:
…Oure loueryd ihesu crist vs sped
To do penauns and þeddyr vs led
Attributed Title: In die Epiphanie (f. 20v)