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Of all mankind that he made that most if of might
‘Of Sayne Iohnne þe euangelist’ — nineteen 14-line stanza
Title(s): ‘Of Sayne Iohnne þe euangelist’
Subjects: John the Evangelist, saint
Versification: — fourteen-line — ababababababababccdccd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2257, ff. 101-104v
First Lines:
Of all mankynde þat he made þat maste es of myghte
And of þe molde merkede and mesured that tyde…
Last Lines:
…To þat lyghte he vs lede
þat euer more sall laste. Amen
Note: Nineteenth-century transcription by Sir Frederic Madden (f. 1).
Attributed Title: Of Sayne Iohn þe euangelist (f.101)
2.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 91 [Robert Thornton MS], ff. 231-233v
First Lines:
Of all mankynde þat he made þat maste es of myghte
And of þe molde merkede and mesured that tyde
Wirchipede be þou Euaungelist with euerilke a wyghte
Þat he wroghte in this werlde wonnande so wyde…
Last Lines:
…He was redy we rede
To þat lyghte he vs lede
þat euer more sall laste
Attributed Title: Of Sayne Iohn þe euangelist (f. 231)
Facsimiles:
Brewer, Derek Stanley, and A. E. B. Owen. “Introduction.” The Thornton Manuscript (Lincoln Cathedral MS. 91). London: Scolar Press, 1975.
Editions:
Perry, George G., ed. Religious Pieces in Prose and Verse from R. Thornton’s MS. EETS o.s. 26 (1867); repr. 1973: 97-105 (orig. ed); 88-95 (rev. ed.).
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 467-71.