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Judas was a lither bird that Jesu sold to rood
Life of Judas, in the South English Legendary
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Judas Iscariot, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 35va-36va
First Lines:
IVdas was a luþer brid þat Ihesu solde to Rode
Somwhat man may of him telle bot litel of any gode…
Last Lines:
…Swete lord þat thorwe Iudas were sold to þe treo
Shilde vs fro þat luþer stede þat weneþ he beo
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 404vb-405rb
First Lines:
Iudas was a luþer brid þat Ihesu solde to þe Rode
Muche me may of him telle ac lutel of eny gode…
Last Lines:
…Now swete lord þat þorw Iudas I sold weore to þe treo
Schilde us fro þe luþur stude þat we wene his soule Inne beo
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 80-81v
First Lines:
Luþir brid was Iudas þat ihesu solde to þe rode
Sumwhat men moun of him telle but lite of ony goode…
Last Lines:
…Swete lord þat þour Iudas sold were to þe tre
Schilde vs fro þe liþere stede þat we wene þat he be
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.220 (SC 29430), ff. 21v-23v
First Lines:
IVdas was a luþer bern þat solde god to þe Rode
Sumwat me may telle of hym ac lytul of eny gode
For me ne schal nout ware of y wyte bote ho so wole lye
Ruben was his fader y clepud & his modur Tyborie…
Last Lines:
…SEint Ion þe ewangeliste þat on of þe apostles is
was oure lordes auhnte sone & seint Iemes broþur y wis
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 22v-24
First Lines:
Iudas was a luþer barn þat ihesu solde to rode
somwhat me may of him telle ac lytel of eny goude…
Last Lines:
…Now swete lord þat þorgh Iudas y sold were to þe treo
Shilde vus fram þe luþer stede þat we wene þat he beo
Attributed Title: vita Iude traditoris domini (f. 22v); Iudas (RT)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 214-215
First Lines:
Ivdas was a luþer brid þat ihesus solde to Bode
Som wat me may of hym telle ac lute of eny gode…
Last Lines:
…Nou suete louerdþat þoru iudas isold were to þe treo
Schulde ous fram þe luþere stude þat we weneþ he inne beo
Editions:
D’Evelyn, Charlotte, and A. J. Mill, eds. The South English Legendary: Corpus Christi College Cambridge MS. 145 and British Museum MS. Harley 2277, with variants from Bodley MS. Ashmole 43 and British Museum MS. Cotton Julius D.ix. EETS o.s. 235 (1959), 236 (1956); repr. 1967: 692.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College 13, Part II, ff. 32-34
First Lines:
Ivdas was a luþer brid þat ihesu solde to þe rode
Som what me mai of him telle ac litel of eni goode…
Last Lines:
…Now lord þat þoru Iudas y solde were to þe tre
Schuld vs fram þilke stede þer we weneþ þat he be
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 237-241
First Lines:
Iudas was a luþer brid þat Ihesu solde to þe rode
Somwhat me may of him telle ak lutel of eny goede…
Last Lines:
…Now lord þat þorw Iudas ysold were to þe treo
Shulde vs ffram þe luþer stede þer we weneþ þat he beo
Attributed Title: Iuda Traditoris (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 270v-272
First Lines:
Judas was a luþer bryd þat ihesu solde to þe rode
& som wat me may of hym telle ac lyte of any goude…
Last Lines:
…now swete lord þat þorw Judas ysolde were to þe tre
schulde ous fram þe luþer stede þer we weneþ þat he be
Attributed Title: Judas (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 57v
11.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 227
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 107-11.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 1.18-21.
12.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 15v