The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6345
IMEV 3973
NIMEV 3973
When it cometh in my thought the mickle sorrow and sin
Old Testament History, from the Creation through the Prophets, in the Temporale of the South English Legendary — 1806 lines in long-line couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Old Testament, history
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414), ff. 65-70v
First Lines:
ffor þritty pens þai solden þat childe þe seller hiȝth Iudas
þo Ruben com hom & myssed hym sori ynouȝ he was…
Last Lines:
…Atte last schal come þe holi gost in forme of swerd alȝt
& Anticrist to deþ smyte þorouȝ his swete miȝt
Note: 1230 lines; begins imperfectly
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Adam Davy’s 5 Dreams about Edward II, etc. from Bodleian Laud Misc. 622. EETS o.s. 69 (1878; repr. 1973): 82-90, 96-8 (extract, 318 lines).
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 1ra-6va
First Lines:
[Whan] hit comeþ in my þouht þe muchele sor and sunne
…[ ]þe sorinesse and wrecchedhede þat seweþ heer monkunne
Last Lines:
…Sone hedde þe Lyouns forswolewed heom euerichon
And so ur lord euere among nymeþ wreche of his foon
Note: 1806 lines
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: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.220 (SC 29430), ff. 31-32v; 1-2v
First Lines:
Wan hit comeþ in my þout þe muche sore & syne
þe sorwenesse & þe wrecchede þat seweþ here man kyne
Glade ne blyþe may y be & wonder his hit nouht
More wonder hit his how Ioye may come in oure þouht…
Last Lines:
…In sorwe þou schalt þy lyf lede with wo on erþe be
& in grete peyne þou schalt childe bere & alle þat comen of þe
Note: 262 lines (through the Life of Noah only). Fragment on 31-32v ends imperfectly due to the loss of folios with, ‘& in grete peyne þu schalt childe bere & alle þat comen of þe’; fragment on 1-2v starts with, ‘Anay sede oure lorde þo ne dar þe noþyng drede / Ne schal no man quelle þe for þe foule dede’ and ends with, ‘For he sende hem diuerse langege þat non knew oþeres speche / & fouhten as þey wode were þat was here wreche’.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), ff. 1-21v
First Lines:
Whan it comyþ in my þouȝt þe meche sorwe and synne
þe sorynesse & þe wrecchidhede þat folwith al man kynne…
Last Lines:
…Wol sone hadde þe lyonnys for drawe hem euerychon
and þus oure lord euere a mong wrechiþ hym of his foon
Note: 1808 lines; folios 22-24v left blank.
Attributed Title: De creacione mundi (f. 1)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 1-22
6.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian B.XVI, f. 1ra-1rb
First Lines:
…Bote kaym his sone made he no nis
þo said adam lord lord þis is riȝt…
Last Lines:
…The hele of mylis he bad forwepyn
as his fader him bedeþ he hit scholde bryne
The aungel…
Note: On flyleaves at front, written by a fifteenth-century hand; incomplete at beginning and end.
7.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, ff. 1-21
First Lines:
Þo lady he [......] in parays in one fair place
Into an orchard þat he made þorw his holi grace…
Last Lines:
…Sone hede þe leons vor swolewed hem echon
And so oure lord euer among nimeþ wreche of is fon
Note: 1802 lines. First page illegible due to wear so first lines here from folio 1v.
8.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 155-157v
First Lines:
After iacob & is sones in Egypte were dede
Muche folk in þe lond come & wyde sprong of here sede…
Last Lines:
…þis & wel more oure lord seide þo gan moyses adoun gon
& het is folk þes lauwes holde hii it graunteden echon
Moyses wende aft vp aȝen me ne miht for myst him yse
Note: 191 lines (a section covering the Life of Moses). Ends imperfectly.
9.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 5-31
First Lines:
When hit comes in my þoȝt þe mykel sorow & synne
Þe sorynesse & þe wrecchidnesse þat sues here monkynne…
Last Lines:
…Atte last wole þe holy gost in forme of a swerde lyȝt
And anticrist to deþ smyte þurȝ his swete myȝt
Note: 1825 lines.
10.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, ff. 1-12
Note: 776 lines