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Devotional pieces in Middle English verse

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MS. e Mus. 160
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Devotional pieces in Middle English verse, comprising:

  1. Fol. 1. prayers to all the Patriarchs and Saints, viz. Adam (fol. 1v), Abell (fol. 2), Enok (fol. 2v), Noe (fol. 3), Melchisedech (fol. 3v), etc., with prologue: beg. 'The gret glioriuse saynte and holy doctore Saint Jerome' (fol. 1), and some rough pen-and-ink drawings
  2. Fol. 108v. a poem, beg. imperfect, on 'King Herre the eight of fair Yngland', printed in Thomas Wright's Reliquae Antiquiae, ii. 117, followed by a poem on the 'Commyng of ser John Mandevelle, beg. 'Upon a tym when ser John Mandevelle' (fol. 111v), printed in Wright, op. cit., ii. 113, and in Hazlitt's Early Popular Poetry of England (1864), p. 153
  3. Fol. 116. a verse rendering with prose preface of the hundred meditations found in MS. Bodley 88, fols. 79v-86, as a supplement to the Horologium Sapientiae of Henricus Suso: prol. beg. 'The wurshipfulle discipulle of Godde' (fol. 116), text beg. 'Haylle benigne lorde Crist Jesu' (fol. 117v)
  4. Fol. 140. two miracle plays for Easter, 'Burial of Christ' and 'Resurrection', beg. 'A soule that list to singe of love' (fol. 140), and 'Mawdleyne begynnes sayinge; This grete hevynese and payne' (fol. 156v), printed by Wright, op. cit., ii. 124, and for the New Shakspere Society (1882) with the Digby Mysteries


  • Creation: Written in the early 16th century in England


176 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English, Middle (1100-1500)

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. e Mus. 160, fols. 1-2]

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MS. e Mus. 160

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18259


Devotional pieces in Middle English verse

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

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. II, no. 3692

Custodial History

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library (226)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by the Bodleian before 1680.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 7/10 × 6 1/10 in.

Devotional pieces in Middle English verse
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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