Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 232 (U.3.5)
Title: Life of Our Lady
Associated Websites: Images and caption from World of Chaucer web exhibition
Date of Creation: Between 1439 and 1499
Place of Creation: England
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: John Lydgate's Life of Our Lady
Incomplete: ends imperfectly at Book 6, line 308. Lacks Book 6, lines 309-462.
A slip of paper inserted between the first and second folios contains, in an XVIII. Cent. hand: A M.S. of Sacred Poetry | viz. | 1. The Nativite of owre Lady | 2. The Cownsel of the Trynyte | 3. The Nativite of Cryste | 4. The Circumcision | 5. The Offrynge of the Thre | Kyngs | [Here follows, in pencil, (?) by the Rev. Joseph Stevenson, S.J.] 6. The purification of the Virgin Mary.
In fact these are not titles of separate poems but scribal subheadings, peculiar to this copy, of sections of a single poem.
The Nativity of Our Lady:
Begins (1, 1 recto line 1): O [ornamental blue and red gestured initial] Thowhful hert plunged in distresse.
Ends (2, 8 verso lines 21-23): And to myn mater I wole a[unkeyable character]ein retourne. | Here endith the Natiuite Off owre lady | And begynneth the Cownsel Of the Trynyte.
The Counsel of the Holy Trinity:
Begins (3, 1 recto line 1): W [blue and red initial with gestures, effaced] ho that is bownde and fetryd in prisoun.
Ends (3, 7 recto line 14): With newe tydynges and no lengar tarye.
The Annunciation:
Begins (same page, line 15): A [ornamental blue and red initial with gestures] Nd ryght forthe with [th]e awngel taryeth nowt.
Ends (6, 6 verso line 28): It to performe I may haue lyff and space.
The Nativity of Christ:
Begins (7, 1 recto lines 1-3): Here endith the Cownseyl of the Trinite | And bygynneth The Natiuite Of Cryste. | W [ornamental blue and red initial with gestures] hanne alle was hust and was in silence.
Ends (10, 7 recto lines 21-23): Vpon thy men feithfully remembre. | Thus endith the Birthe of Cryst Jhesu | The Circumcisioun neste doth sew.
The Circumcision:
Begins (10, 7 verso line 1): W [initial as before] hanne Janus byfrons in colde Januarye.
Ends (11, 6 verso lines 14-16): That have ful feith and hool tryste in thyn name | Thus endyth as I shewe can | The Circumcisyoun both of god and man.
The Epiphany:
Begins (same page, line 17): T [initial as above] How lorde who descendith his lyght so ferre.
Ends (13, 3 recto lines 21-23): To lyff eterne be yow owre loode sterre. | Thus endeth the offrynge of the thre Kynges. | That thei presented to the Kyng of Kynges.
The Purification and Presentation:
Begins (13, 3 verso line 1): G [initial as above] lorye and preis laude and hye honowre.
Ends (13, 8 verso line 28): So as I can to [unkeyable character]ow I wole attaine.
The following names, in a XVI. Cent. hand, occur through this MS.: John Joones (3, 1 recto), William Goldynge (4, 2 verso; 7, 1 recto; 7, 5 verso; 7, 7 recto; [Thys indenture wyttnessethe that I Wyllyam Goldynge of Berkyng, 8, 1 verso]; 8, 2 verso; 8, 3 recto; 8, 4 recto; 8, 4 verso; 8, 5 verso; [Wyllm Goldynge | Tomas Goldyng of berkynge | Thys indenture wyttnessythe that I Willm goldynge of Berkynge in the countye of Essyxe | hathe bound hym selfe a prentys with Tomas, 9, 4 recto]; 9, 8 recto), John Goldynge (3, 5 recto), Francis Goldynge [Received of frauncys Godynge for hys halfe (?) yers (?) rent (?) dwe ate mychelmas | laste paste in wytnis whereof I have sealed thys wyll with mye seall | the daye and yere abouve wrytten, 13, 6 verso], Peter Debytt (4, 2 verso; [Peter Debet ii s, 6, 3 recto]); John Gosse of Berkyng (4, 4 verso), John Marshe (4, 8 recto; 5, 1 recto; 9, 8 recto), John James iij s (6, 3 recto), Roger Slow (7, 1 recto), John Wood (7, 7 recto), John Pierson (7, 7 recto), John Williamson (7, 7 recto), Gone [John] Daniell (10, 2 recto), William Gammon (12, 5 verso), Jeohn [John] Haytholl (12, 5 verso), Thomas Emery (13, 6 verso).
The following folios are variously mutilated: 1, 3. (the lower corner cut out); 1, 5-7. (slashed); 2, 2. and 3, 2. (a piece cut out of the lower margin); 3, 3. (scratched and cut); 3, 8. (the top slashed, the lower corner cut off); 5, 7. (a piece cut out of the lower margin); 5, 8. (slashed, a pattern cut out); 6, 1. (a piece cut out of the side margin); 6, 2. (a piece torn out of the bottom margin); 6, 4. (a piece cut out of the lower margin); 8, 2. (cut at the top); 9, 3. (pieces cut out of the margin mutilating text on the verso); 9, 4. (a pattern cut out, before the names were written); 9, 7. (the margin cut off); 10, 6. (torn, the lower margin cut off); 13, 4. (margins torn).
The following doggerel verses occur: (12, 8 recto): At shoteres hyll in the shyre of kent when theves | hove theyr monye spent fast thether they resort with a | full entent of true men there to have som lent.
(13, 2 verso): The mas it hathe bene vsyd. and | never it refusyd. | a thousand yers and | more. a . holye | churche it fyrste in | ventyd. then let vs | be contentyd. | as | our fathers were before. a. | the masse is not fey | ned, but therein is con | teynyd, throw conse | cracyon. of the | prest . a . at the | aulter where he | standes. when he
(13, 4 verso): Trew love trew love kepe welle.
(13, 6 recto): Trew luve tru luve a lac tru lowve tru love
(13, 7 verso): The masse it | hathe bene vsyd | and never yet refu | syd a thousand yere | and more a holye chyrche | it fyrst invented then let vs be contentyd as our fathers were before . a.
Scraps of letters are written on 4, 6 recto; 4, 8 recto; 5, 1 verso; 7, 3 recto; 13, 4 recto.
Texts are quoted on 6, 8 recto; 11, 8 recto; 12, 4 recto; 13, 4 verso (1 Jn. iv. 16 'to the intente' instead of 'to the ende'); 7, 2 recto (S. Mt. vi. 9. 10); 13, 1 recto (S. Lk. ii. 29-31); 7, 6 recto (S. Jn. iii. 16 [Wycliffe]).
[Formerly Q.2.7; Q.2.26].
Marginalia dated to March 10, 1549. The Goldings were an important Essex family, Thomas Golding became realtor to the First Earl of Essex.
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 11 3/8 x 7 5/8, ff. 104, in single cols. of 28 lines, each 6 3/4 x 4 3/4, (four seven-lined stanzas to a page), ruled and margined with red, signatures and catchwords, partial foliation, in pencil (modern), blue and red ornamental initials with gestures, rubrics (rare), vilely abused, cut, mutilated and scribbled over, fol. sec. and the lykowre. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered brown (faded crimson) grained Russia, gilt-tooled sides and edges, recently re-backed, old dark and light green morocco shields, with title (gilt) replaced: SACRED | POEMS | M.S. Cent. XVIII.
Binding repaired by Sydney Cockerell, March 1952: resewn, old boards laced on, spine and corners covered with Hermitage calf; lettered in gold SACRED | POEMS | MS.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 183.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Poem
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasion: 'The World of Chaucer', Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, May-Aug. 2004.
Bibliography: C.I. Campbell, A study of Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 232: John Lydgate's 'Life of Our Lady' (Thesis (MPhil(R)), University of Glasgow, 2008); Julie Gardham, The world of Chaucer: medieval books and manuscripts (Glasgow, 2004), p. 23; D.A. Pearsall, John Lydgate, 1371-1449: a bio-bibliography (Victoria, B.C., 1997); John Lydgate, A critical edition of John Lydgate's Life of Our Lady, ed. J.A. Lauritis, R.A. Klinefelter and V.F. Gallagher (Pittsburgh, 1961); John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 183-185.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

annotator: Joseph Stevenson 1806-1895
Librarian and Keeper of Records, Durham.
author: John Lydgate 1370?-1451?
Monk of Bury.
exhibition: World of Chaucer
Exhibition: The World of Chaucer: Medieval Books and Manuscripts from Glasgow University Library, held at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, 15 May-28 August 2004.
provenance: William Golding fl.c.1550
Of Barking
provenance: John Jones fl.c.1550
provenance: Joseph Stevenson 1806-1895
Librarian and Keeper of Records, Durham.
subject: Mary Saint
Blessed Virgin.
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