The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 485
Before time that good angel wrought / But God him self
The Fall of the Angels and the Creation of Man, in Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Note: For the version in the ‘expanded’ cycle, see 1322.
Title(s): Northern Homily Cycle ; Fall of the Angels and the Creation of Man
Subjects: angels, fall of; man, creation of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 140-141v
First Lines:
þis man þat had a hondrethe schepe
Es criste þat to mankynde takes kepe…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu criste till vs grace sende
þidir to come wiþ him to lende
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. 200ra-200rb
First Lines:
BI fore þe tyme þat god Angel wrouht
Was no þing but God þat us bouht…
Last Lines:
…Wher Ioye and Murþe schal sprede
And euere lyf and neuer dede. Amen.
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. 230-232
First Lines:
Bifore þe tyme þat god aungel wroght
Was god him self and elles noght…
Last Lines:
…Nowe ihesu for þi mercy vs spede
To do penaunce & þidere vs lede
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 144v-145
First Lines:
Beforn þe tyme þat god aungil wrouhte
Was no þing but god þat vs bouhte…
Last Lines:
…And þat we may theder wende
Sey we alle Amen at þis ende
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 96v-97v
First Lines:
Be fore tyme þat god aungell wroght
Bot god hym selfe þer was ryght noght…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu cryste swylk grace vs send
þider to come euer þare to lend
6.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], f. 5rb-5rc
First Lines:
BIfore þe tyme þat god Angel wrouht
Was no þing but god þat vs bouht…
Last Lines:
…Where Ioye & Mirthe schal sprede
And euewr lyf and neuer dede. Amen
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014;
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 102v-103v
First Lines:
Befor þat gode aungel hade wroȝte
Bot god hym selfe þat was riȝt noȝte…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu crist tall vs grace sende
Thidir to come with hym to lende
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 196
9.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, f. 42vb
10.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], fv. 120-120v
First Lines:
Byfor þe tyme þat crist angell wroght
Wos no þynge bot god and noght…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu forthy mercy vs spede
to do penauns and þyddyr vs lede
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