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God Father in heaven of mights most
A paraphrase of Old Testament history, including Judith and the Maccabees — 18,372 lines in 12-line stanzas
Subjects: Old Testament, history; paraphrases
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 2-168
First Lines:
God fader in heuyn of myghtes most
That mad this mold & all man kynd…
Last Lines:
…þat we may be worthy
to wun with þem in heuyn
Editions:
Heuser, Wilhelm. “Die altestamentlichen dichtungen des ms. Seld. Supra 52 der Bodleiana: Ein vergessenes werk und ein übersehenes manuskript.” Anglia 31 (1908): 1-24: 4-24 (extracts).
Kalen, Herbert, and Urban Ohlander. A Middle English Metrical Paraphrase of the Old Testament. 5 vols. Göteborgs Högskolas Arsskrift 28; Gothenberg Studies in English 5, 11, 16, 24. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiskell; Göteborg: Elanders, 1923-72: 1.5 (vv. 1-6000); 5: vv. 6001-6924; 11: vv. 6925-end.
Peck, Russell A., ed. Heroic Women from the Old Testament in Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1991: (The Story of Jephthah and his Daughter and The Story of Judith).
2.Source: Longleat, Marquess of Bath MS 257, ff. 119-212
First Lines:
…Thre monethis theym hym hyd and longere they durst noght abyde
Bot in a case hym did and layd hym by the see syde…
Last Lines:
…Pray we to god forthy with the modre and hire sonnes seven
That we may be worthy to wonne with them in heven
Note: Begins imperfectly in the Book of Exodus: Exodus (fols. 119-121v), Numbers (ff. 122-125), Deuteronomy (ff. 125-125v), Joshua (ff. 125v-128), Judges (ff. 128-135), Ruth (ff. 135-136), Kings (ff. 136-187v), Job (ff. 189-195), Tobit (ff. 195-201v), Hester (ff. 201v-204v), Judith (ff. 204v-208v), ‘De matre cu[m] viite[m]. pu[er]is.’ (from II Maccabees: ff. 209-212).
Attributed Title: Exodus (RT), etc.; Explicit (f. 212)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden 5: The Messengers of Death.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 79 (1887): 411-70: 447-54 (story of the Maccabees).