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IMEV 173
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All christian people listen and hear
Passio Sancti Erasmi’ — 172 lines in couplets (including a Prologue of 38 lines)
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 113.
Title(s): Passio Sancti Erasmi
Subjects: Erasmus, saint, passion of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 34 (SC 14528), ff. 6ra-7ra
First Lines:
All crystyn folk ye lestyn and here
off a holy bysschop and a martyre…
Last Lines:
…To wich Ioye & blyss almyȝtty god bryng us
Thorgh help of þis holy man seynt Erasmus
Attributed Title: Explicitt pascio sancti Erasmi (f. 7ra)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 295-296v
First Lines:
Alle cristen folk ȝe listen & lere
Of an holy buschop & a martere
Whos name is clepid seynt Erasmus…
Last Lines:
…to which ioye & blis good god bring vs
Þorw help of þis holy man seynt erasmus
Note: Ne voceat spasmus michi me iuuet almus erasmus / O sacer erasme meritis precibus quod regas me’ (as both heading and colophon, ff. 295, 296v).
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 62 (1879): 397-442: 414-16.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 279v-280ra
First Lines:
All cristen folke ȝe listen And lere
Of an holy buysshop & a martere…
Last Lines:
…Þe name of þe fyrst was callid dioclician
And þe seund was callid maximian
Note: Lines 1-50 only.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Sammlung altenglischer Legenden. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1878: 201.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 1671, f. 1*
First Lines:
Of synt herassimus here may A man rede
What ioye he may haue and what mede…
Last Lines:
…that ys the blysse of heuene þat neuer schall ende
god yeue ous alle grace þedre to wende
Note: Prologue only, beginning at line 5. Written as prose.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, ff. 109-111
First Lines:
All Cristen peple listeneth ye & here
Of an holi bisshop and a martire…
Last Lines:
…To which ioy and blisse good god bryng vs
thurgh help of þis holy man seynt Crasmus
Note: Scribe writes ‘amen’ below and to right of final line; then these Latin verses: ‘Non noceat facmus / in me innet almus Crasmus / O sacer Crasme / meritis precibusque regas me / Explicit’ (f. 111).
Attributed Title: de sancto Erasmo martire (f. 109)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Sammlung altenglischer Legenden. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1878: 198-200.
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 C.XII, f. 2
First Lines:
Alle crystyn men lystent and hyre
of an holy byschope & a martyr…
Last Lines:
…the blys that schall neuer shall ende
god ȝeve vs grace thedyr to wende
Note: Written as prose. Prologue only.