The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6037
IMEV 3784
NIMEV 3784
To wilderness yode a young man
How a Hermit put another into Wanhope, a Narratio in the Northern Homily Cycle
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 82v-85
First Lines:
TO wildirness ȝode a ȝonge man
To liue als hermite be him ane…
Last Lines:
…þat it mai so to vs fall
Amen amen praye we all
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 184ra-184rc
First Lines:
TO wildernes com a ȝon Mon
[T]O lyue as an Hermyte al on…
Last Lines:
…Amen Amen Alle we say
ffor foul lust is non in þat play
Attributed Title: Hou an hermyt putte anoþur in wanhope (f. 184ra)
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: 272.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], p. 130
Note: Ends imperfectly.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, f. 105
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 67-69v
First Lines:
Of wyldernes come a yonge man
To lyue als ermyt by his ane…
Last Lines:
…Amen I rede we all say
ffor foule luft es nan in þat play
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 174
7.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 28rb
8.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 56-58v
First Lines:
Off wildernes come a ȝong mane
To lyfe als hermyte be hym allane…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen I rede we all saye
ffor fowle luste es nane in þat playe
Attributed Title: parabola & bona narracio (added right margin, f. 56)
9.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 76-78v
First Lines:
To wildernys come a ȝong man
To lyffe as hermyte by hym a lan…
Last Lines:
…Amen amen we all say
þat god brynge vs to gaymyn and play
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 76)