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English poems, written in the first half of the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 126
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 1) 'Hic incipit Stimulus Consciencie', by Richard Rolle of Hampole: wanting a few leaves at the end: ends 'In wich they schul be bounden foot and hande.'
  2. (fol. 69) At end, 'Here hendith the Sege of Jerusalem', attributed to Adam Davy: imperfect at beginning: beg. '3a sertys quath Vaspasyan an ful wel.'
  3. (fol. 84) 'Here bygynnyth how Bernard spekyth to oure Lefdy to wetyn of Godys Passyoun and of here [suffering]': beg. 'Lewde men that ben nat wys.'.

Some Latin verses follow at fol. 91: and on fol. 92 a hymn to the Virgin, beg. 'Hayle Mayden of Maidyns thou th worde consaywyng.' [For 'thou th' I read 'thorgch'='through.' We seem to have 'thougch' for 'though' on f. 92v. E.W.B.N.].

A note of Aug. 18, 1499, is on fol 93.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 15th cent.


99 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 126

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21700

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment


9 1/2 × 7 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom