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Listeneth all that been in life
‘Titus and Vespasian’ or the ‘Destruction of Jerusalem’ — 5166 lines in couplets
Note: For the version in alliterative lines see 2651.
Title(s): ‘Titus and Vespasian’; ‘Destruction of Jerusalem’
Subjects: romances
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 622 (SC 1414), ff. 71va-72vb
First Lines:
LIstneþ alle þat beþ a lyue
Boþe cristen Men & wyue…
Last Lines:
…To her mede heuene blys
God graunte vs alle þere to be
Attributed Title: þe Bataile of Ierusalem (f. 72v); Here endeþ þe vengeaunce of goddes deth (f. 22va)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Digby 230 (SC 1831), ff. 195ra-223vb
First Lines:
Lystneth alle that ben a lyve
Bothe cristen man and wyve…
Last Lines:
…God graunte vs also ther to be
Amen Amen pur charite
Attributed Title: Here endith the Sege of Ierusalem (f. 223vb)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 78 (SC 21652), ff. 19-75v
First Lines:
Lysteneth all þat bethe a lyve
Goode cristen men chylde and wyve …
Last Lines:
…Till þei cam to vaspacyan
[ ] knees þei ham can sette
[ ]with honour þei hym grette
Note: Ends imperfectly because of loss of folios. Last folio is damaged. A leaf is lost after f. 70. On f. 71v the text breaks (half of the folio is left blank) and resumes on f. 72 with ‘And when all þis wes ydoo’.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 126 (SC 21700), ff. 69-84
First Lines:
ȝa sertys quaþ Vaspasyan ful wel
kes þis þanne I bydde þe…
Last Lines:
…God graunte vs also þerto be
Amen Amen pur charyte
Note: Begins at line 2532; at the end: ‘Here hendyþ þe sege of Ierusalem’.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2014, ff. 23ra-35vb
First Lines:
Goddes men vnderstondeþ nowe
And I schal ȝou telle howe…
Last Lines:
…And þe Styward dude also
Swiþ fayre semblaunte & speche þerto…
Note: Missing lines 1-812 and 3114-5184; lines 815-4010 with abridgement, in couplets, ends incomplete at bottom of page; followed immediately by 1193, beginning top next page.
Attributed Title: Nichodemus his Gospell (added by later hand, f. 23)
Editions:
Fischer, Rudolf Bruno. “Vindicta Salvatoris: Mittelenglisches Gedicht des 13. Jahrhunderts.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 111 (1903): 285-98; 112 (1904): 25-45: 111.289-98, 112.25-45.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 4733, f. 40v
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10036, ff. 2-61
First Lines:
He bad hem go in euereche londe
To preche his name þorw his sonde…
Last Lines:
…God grant vs alle so þus to be
Amen Amen pur charyite
Note: Lacking about 1400 lines at beginning.
8.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36523, ff. 1-71
First Lines:
Listeneth alle þat ben in live
Both crystenman and wive…
Last Lines:
…To haue þat blisse & þer inne to be
Amen Amen pur charitee
Note: Illuminated capital ‘L’.
Attributed Title: þe seege of Ierusalem (explicit, f. 71)
Editions:
Herbert, John Alexander, ed. Titus and Vespasian, or, the Destruction of Jerusalem, in Rhymed Couplets. Roxburghe Club 146. London, 1905: (with collation of other MSS).
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 216ra-255ra
First Lines:
Herkneþ all þat beþ alyue
Boþ cristen man & wyue…
Last Lines:
…God graunt ous all þere to be
Amen amen pur charite
Attributed Title: Here endiþ þe Vengaunce of goddys deþe (f. 255ra)
10.Source: Cleveland, OH, Public Library Wq091.92 C468 [olim Aldenham; Goldschmidt Sales Cat. 55, item 59], ff. 77-99
11.Source: Coventry, Coventry Archives Acc. 325/1, ff. 98ra-129vb
First Lines:
LIsteneth alle that ben a live
Bothe Cristen man and wive…
Last Lines:
…And so longe hit forth gloode
That xl yere he a boode…
Note: Ends imperfectly, with ‘Syn þat he is so meke’ as catchword at bottom of page; blank pages follow, 130-136v.
Attributed Title: Here biginnith the Sege of Ierusalem In Vaspasiaun (f. 98ra)
12.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M898 [olim Edwardes], ff. 1-100
First Lines:
…In to þe londe of chanaan
Þat was þe londe þat þo hiȝt…
Last Lines:
…God graunte vs also þer to be
Amen amen pur charite
Note: Begins incomplete at the equivalent of line 846 of London, British Library Addit. 36523.
Editions:
Bühler, Kurt. “The New Morgan Manuscript of Titus and Vespasian.” PMLA 76 (1961): 20-4: 20-4.
13.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library Osborn a11 [formerly Osborn 32], ff. 1-38vb
First Lines:
Listeneþ alle þat ben a lyue
boþe cristen man & wyfe…
Last Lines:
…þey token in to her bandoun
he keyet of cites castels & touns…
Note: Listed as ‘Osborn 32’ in Robbins and Cutler (1965). Incomplete; written partly in single columns (I-XXIIII) and partly in double columns (XXV-XXXVIII).
Attributed Title: The vengeance of god taken vpon the Iewys for Chrysties deathe (added by later hand, f. 1)