The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
A holy monk had great yearning / In his life to see tokening
The Monk who wished to see the least Joy in Paradise, in the Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: For another version see 4991.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle
Subjects: tales, religious didactic
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 200-201v
First Lines:
A holy monke had grett ȝernyng
To heyr in hys lyf som to kynyng…
Last Lines:
…þat god for hys mercy graunt vs grace
To com to þat blessydfull place
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 121v-123v
First Lines:
A hali monke had grete ȝernynge
In his life to se takenynge …
Last Lines:
…þare euire es mirthe and iolite
Amen amen all saie we
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 190rc-190va
First Lines:
An holi Monk hedde gret longyng
To seo in his lyf sum toknyng…
Last Lines:
…God for his merci ȝiue vs grace
To gete sum part of heore solace. Amen.
Attributed Title: Of a monk desirede to seo þe leste blis of paradys (f. 190rc)
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: 277.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 196-198
First Lines:
A holi monke had grete longyng
To se in his life summe tokenyng…
Last Lines:
…God for his merci gif vs grace
To come to þat blissefull place
Attributed Title: narracio de monacho orante vt videret minimum gaudium paradisi (p. 196)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 126-127
First Lines:
An holi monk had gret longing
to seen in his lyf sum toknyng…
Last Lines:
…& God of his merci ȝeue vs grace
to gete sum merthe of hire solace
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 126)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 81v-82v
First Lines:
A haly monk had grete ȝernyng
To se in hys lyf sum takenyng…
Last Lines:
…And bryng vs to þat ilk blys
Þat he as ordand for all hys
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 81v)
7.Source: London, British Library Cotton Tiberius E.VII, f. 190vb
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 189v
9.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 92va
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 38ra
11.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 88v-89v
First Lines:
Ane haly monke hade gret langyng
To se in hys lyfe some takenyng…
Last Lines:
…gode for hys mercy graunte vs þat grace
To come in to þat blysefull place
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 103v-105
First Lines:
A holy monk had grete langynge
To se in his lyffe sum tokenynge…
Last Lines:
…God for his mercy gyff vs gras
To wyn sum parte of har solas
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 103v)