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THE ORCHARD OF SYON.

MRJ number: 
75
College classmark: 
C.25

    Vellum, 11 x 7.75, ff. 173 + 1, double columns of 41 lines.  15th cent., well written.

    Donor, T. C. S.

    Collation: 1 flyleaf, 1 (five left) 28 - 178 (7 a fragment) 188 - 228 (quires marked a to y).

    Contents:

        Three leaves seem to be gone at the beginning.  The book begins

           in the capitula of the fourth part.  After the capitula is the end of

           the preface:  Loo sustren I haue schewed {y}ow

              -confortable recreacyoun.  Amen.

        Here begynneth {th}e boke of divyne doctryne {th}at is to sey of goddes

           techynge {y}eue by the persone of god {th}e fader to {th}e intellecte of {th}e

           gloryous virgyne Seynt Kateryn of Seene of {th}e ordre of seynte

           Domynyk, whiche was write as sche endyted it in hir moder tonge

           whan sche was in contemplacyoun inrapte of spirite and sche

           herynge actuelly and in {th}e same tyme tellynge to fore many what

           oure lorde god spake in hir  .          .         .         .         .         .         .       f. 3b

        And heere folowith {th}e firste chapitre, etc.

        Text.  Initial cut out…soule {th}at is areysed (u)p wi{th} heuenly and

           (g)oostly desires.

        Part II, f. 20b; III, 35; IV 53 (initial cut out); V, 84 (initial cut

           out); VI, 127; VII, 152b.

        Ends f. 173b: worschep be to {th}e with outen ende.  Amen.

    Printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1519.

Supplementary information 

This MS was used for Phyllis Hodgson and Gabriel M. Liegey (eds), The Orcherd of Syon, 1, Early English Text Society, 258 (London, 1966).

 

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