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All that the prophets told while in their prophecy
Lines on the Prophets, used in the South English Legendary as prologue or headlink to a number of legends (4196, 3452, 6380, and 6690) — four or five lines in couplets
Subjects: prologues; Old Testament, prophets
Bibliographic Ghosts: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), f. 25: see 3452



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 6va
First Lines:
All þat þe prophetes tolden whylen in heore prophecie
Al was of vr lord crist and of his Modur Marie…
Last Lines:
…Dauid and Daniel and þe holy Ieremye
And alle þis oþere goode men and þe holy zakarie
Note: As headlink to the Prologue of the Founding of the Feast of the Conception (6690)
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.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), f. 24
Transcription:
In olde time prophetes tolde in hir prophecye
Al was of any [ ]…
Note: As headlink to Prologue to the ‘Long Life of Christ’ (6380); page damaged by damp, such that ink faded and virtually unreadable in places.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), f. 22
Transcription:
In olde time prophetes tolde in hir prophecye
Al was of any [ ]…
Note: As headlink to the ‘Long Life of Christ’ (6380).
4.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 21
Note: As Prologue to the ‘Short Life of Christ’ (4196).
5.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, f. 89v
First Lines:
Pes nou pes among vs be ȝe godemen alle & some
Herkneþ one wyle to me ȝe þat beþ hider icome…
Last Lines:
…Boþe Moyses & Abraham Ionas and helyȝe
Dauyd & Danyel & þe holy Ieremyȝe
Note: Six lines written on one side of a fragment bound into the MS between full-sized folios 88 and 90, with catchword “Whon men heren” to indicate placement before Prologue to the “Long Life of Christ” (6380).
6.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.2.1 [Auchinleck MS], f. 66ra
Transcription:
Al þat þe prophetes schewed whilom In her prophecie
Al it was of our lord & of his moder marie
Boþe moyses and abraham Jonas & helye
Dauid & daniel & þe holy geromie
Note: As headlink to Prologue to the ‘Long Life of Christ’ (6380); couplets written half line of verse per line of manuscript.
Attributed Title: [Our] leuedis moder (f. 65vb)
7.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, f. 33r1
First Lines:
PEs now amonges vs gode men all & some
Herkenes a whyle to me ȝe þat ben hider come
Þat þe prophetes tolden som tyme in her prophecye…
Last Lines:
…Boþe Moyses & Abraham Ionas and Elye
Dauid and Daniel and þe holy Ieremy
Note: As headlink to Prologue to the ‘Long Life of Christ’ (6380).