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Pilate was lither man & come of lither more
Life of Pilate, in the South English Legendary
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Pilate, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 36va-38rb
First Lines:
PIlatus was a luþer man & comen of luþer more
bitwen a king & a fol womman in spousebreche y bore…
Last Lines:
…Þus Pilatus ended his lif as he wel worthi was
God shilde eche Cristen man fro so deolful cas
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 81v-85
First Lines:
PIlatus was a liþer man & cam of liþer more
Be twen a king & a fol womman in spouse breke I bore…
Last Lines:
…þus pilatus endid his liif as he wel worþi was
God schilde euery cristen man fro so dolful a cas
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 405rb-406ra
First Lines:
Pilatus was a luþer man & cam of luþer more
Bitwene a kyng & a fol womman in spous bruche i bore…
Last Lines:
…Þus pilatus endede his lyf as he wel worþi was
God schilde vche cristene man from so deolful cas. Amen
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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.220 (SC 29430), ff. 21-21v
First Lines:
…for þe en queste up hym seyde þat he destruede here lawe
& þe lawe ȝaf þat suche alle me scholde bryng of dawe
& y þat þere Iustise was þorw þyn heste & rede
Moste nede dom ȝyve þane wane þe queste hit sede…
Last Lines:
…þus pylatus endede his lyf as wel worþy was
God schilde eueryche cristene man fram suche a delful cas
Note: Lines 1-195 wanting. In the upper right corner of f. 21: ‘Pylatus’.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 24-26v
First Lines:
Pilatus was a luþer man and com of luþer more
By twene a kyng and a fol woman in spousebreche was y bore…
Last Lines:
…þus Pilatus endyde his lyf as he wel worþy was
God schylde ech cristene man from þe delful cas
Attributed Title: vita maledicti pilati (f. 24); Pilatus (RT)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 215-217v
First Lines:
Pylate was a luþer man & com of luþere more
Bitwene a kyng and a fol womman in spousbruche was ibore…
Last Lines:
…Ac he bycom þer afterward in greet meseyre & strong
Hys fleyȝs bygan to breke al out & rotede & foule stong
Editions:
D’Evelyn, Charlotte, and A. J. Mill, eds. The South English Legendary: Corpus Christi College Cambridge MS. 145 and British Museum MS. Harley 2277, with variants from Bodley MS. Ashmole 43 and British Museum MS. Cotton Julius D.ix. EETS o.s. 235 (1959), 236 (1956); repr. 1967: 2.697.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College 13, Part II, ff. 34-36v
First Lines:
Pilatus was a luþer man and come of a luþer more
Bi twene a kyng and a fool womman in spousbruche he was y bore…
Last Lines:
…Þus pilatus endede his lif as ȝe wel worþi was
Oure lord schulde ech cristen man fram so deolfole cas
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 241-246
First Lines:
Pilatus was a luþer man and com of a luþer more
By twene a kyng and a ffol womman in spousbruche ybore…
Last Lines:
…Þus Pilatus endede his lif as he wel worþi was
God shulde ech cristene man ffram so deolffol cas
Attributed Title: Pilatus (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), ff. 70-73
First Lines:
Pilat was a luþer man & comyn of a luþer more
be twen a kyng & a fol woman in spousebreche was bore…
Last Lines:
…þus Pilat ended his lyf as he wel wurþi was
god schelde euery cristen man fro þat cursede cas
Note: In this MS incorporated as part of 3452.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 272-275
First Lines:
Pilatus was a luþer man ycom of luþer nore
by twene a king & a foule womman in spousebreche ybore…
Last Lines:
…Þus pilatus endede his lif as he worþy was
God schulde eche cristen man fram suche delful cas
Attributed Title: Pilatus (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 59v
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 229
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 111-18.
13.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 12