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Now bloweth the fruit that late began to spring
Banna Sanctorum’, in the South English Legendary
Title(s): South English Legendary ; ‘Banna Sanctorum
Subjects: saints
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
NOu blometh þe nuwe frute þat late bigan to sprynge
þat to his kynde heritage mankynde shal brynge…
Last Lines:
…þat suffred wikked men al quyk her lymes to tere
Telle i wil bi rowe of hem as her daies falle in þe ȝeere
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 9rb1
First Lines:
Now bloweþ þis newe fruyt þat late bigon to springe
Þat to his kuynde heritage monkunne schal bringe…
Last Lines:
…ffurst biginne at ȝeres day for þat is þe furste feste
And fro on to oþur so arowe þe while þe ȝer wol leste
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 Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 2ra-2va
First Lines:
NOW bloweyȝ þe newe frut
Þat late bygan to spriynge
Þat to his kynde eritage
Mannekynde shal brynge…
Last Lines:
…ffirst bygynneȝ at ȝeresday
ffor þat is þe firste feste
And fro on to oþere by rowe
Whiles þe ȝer will leste
Note: Written in half-lines because in two columns.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
NOw bloweth þe frut þat late began to springe
That to his kynde heritage man kynde schal bringe…
Last Lines:
…ffirst begynneþ þe ȝeris dai for it is þe firste feste
And so from on to oþer whil þe ȝer wil laste
5.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 2-3
First Lines:
now bi gunneþ þat nywe frut þat late gan to spri[ fore-edge ]
Þat to oure kunde heritage mankunde schal bryng…
Last Lines:
…furst bygunne at ȝeres day for þat is þe furste feste
amp; fro on to an oþer þe wile þe ȝer wole leste
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 111v-112
First Lines:
Now blomeȝ þis new froyte þat late began to springe
Þat to his kynde Eritagh al mankinde sal brynge…
Last Lines:
…Cristendam vs aght to lufe þat so dere was boght
With þe herte blode of ihesu criste þat þe spere to soght
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
Nou blouweþ þe niwe frut þat late bygan to springe
þat to is kunde eritage mankunne schel bringe…
Last Lines:
…Verst bygynneþ at ȝeresday for þat is þe uerste feste
And fram onto oþer so areng þe wile þe ȝer wol leste
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 37-37v
First Lines:
…And thes oþer martirs ek that our lordes knyȝtes wer
That shedd her blod for cristendom that it no peryshed nere…
Last Lines:
…ffirst begynne at ȝeres day for that is the first fest
And from oon to other so on rew whil the ȝer wil lest
Note: Begins imperfectly due to loss of folios,
Attributed Title: Bannarer (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 97-99
First Lines:
Now bloweþ þis nywe ffrute þat late by gun to sprynge
Þat to his kynde heritage mankyn shal bringe…
Last Lines:
…ffurst by gunne at nywe ȝeres day ffor þat is þe fferste [ ] ffeste
And ffram on to oþer a rewe þe while þe ȝer wole yleste
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 25-25v
First Lines:
Now bloweþ þe nywe frut þat late by gan to springe
Þat to his kunde eritage mankunde schal brynge…
Last Lines:
…furst by gynneþ at ȝeresday for hit is þe furst feste
& fram on to anoþer so aronk þe wile þe ȝere wole leste
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 6-6v
First Lines:
Nou bloweþ þe newe frut þat late by gan to sprynge
þat to is kunde heritage man kunne sscal brynge…
Last Lines:
…Ferst by gynneþ at ȝeres day for þat is þe ferste feste
And fram on to oþer so a rewe þe wyle þe ȝere wol yleste
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 1
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 41
14.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 48-49
First Lines:
NOw bloes þe newe fruyt þat late bigan to springe
Þat to his kynde heritage men shal bringe…
Last Lines:
…ffirste biginne at ȝeres day for þat is þe first feste
And from oon to oþer so on a rowe þe whyle þe ȝere wole leste
Attributed Title: Bauma (RT)