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Saint Andrew the apostle was Saint Peters brother
Life of St. Andrew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Andrew, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 199-202
First Lines:
Seynt Andreu þe apostel was seynt Peters broþer
Our lord sulf to cristendom him broȝte & non oþer…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we seynt Andreu þat he ous so wisse
& bidde uor ous þat we come to heuene blisse
Editions:
Whatley, Gordon E., ed. Saints’ Lives in Middle English Collections. With Anne B. Thompson and Robert K. Upchurch. MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2004.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 113v-115
First Lines:
Seint Andrew þe apostle was seint petres broþir
oure lord hem brouȝt to cristindom hym & none oþir…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝerne seint andreuȝ þat he vs so wisseþ
And praye for vs þat we mote come to heuene blisse
Attributed Title: Seint andreu þe postil (f. 113v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 66va-67rb
First Lines:
Seint Andreu þe Apostel was seint Petres broþur
Vr lord him self to cristendom hem brouhte and non oþur…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝerne seynt Andreuh þat he us here so wisse
And bidde for vs þat we mote come to heuene blisse. 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 Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 124va-126rb
First Lines:
SEint Andreu þapostle Was seint peters brother
oure lord him self to cristendom him brouȝt & non oþer…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we seint Andreu þat here he vs so wisse
And bidde for vs þat we mote come to heuene blisse
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 143
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 57-60v
First Lines:
Saynt Andrew þe apostle was sayn petre broþer
Þai were called to cristendome with god & with noþer
ffor bothe wore þai fishers & als þai fished aday
Be þe see our lorde come & til þaim gon þai say…
Last Lines:
…Nowe pray we to saynt Andreu þat he vs lere & wys
And pray for vs þat we may comme vnto heuen blis
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 1-6
First Lines:
Seint Andrew þe apostle was Seint Peteres broþer
Oure lord him sulf to cristendom him broȝt & bob oþer…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we Seint Andrew þat he her so vs wisse
Þat we mote at oure ending come to heuene blisse
Attributed Title: Decembre Sanct Andreas Legenda Sanctorum (p. 1)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 120-122v
First Lines:
SEint andru þe apostel was seint petris broþer
Oure lord hym sulfe to cristendom hen turnde & non oþer…
Last Lines:
…bydde we god & seint andru þat he ous here so wysse
& bydde for ous þat we motyn come to heuene blysse
Attributed Title: Andreu apostel (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 202v
10.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 42
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 190
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 174v
Note: Ends imperfectly.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 98-101.
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: 1.543-50.
13.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 71v-74
First Lines:
Seynt andreu þe apostil was seynt petres broþer
Vr lord him sulf to Cristendom hom brouht & non oþer…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne Seynt andreu þat he vs so wisse
And bidde vor vs þat we mote come to heuene blisse
14.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 237-240
First Lines:
SAynt Andrewe þe apostel was saynt Petres broþer
Oure lord him self to cristendome him broȝt & non oþer…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝerne saynt Andrewe þat he vs so wisse
And pray for vs þat we mote come to heuen blisse. Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Andrewe (RT)
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 176v-178
First Lines:
Seynt Andrewe þe apostel was seint Peters broþer
Our lord hymself to Cristendome hem brouȝt & non oþer…
Last Lines:
…Now preie we seint Andrewe þat he vs here so wisse
Þat we mowe sone after þis lif come to heuene blisse. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Andree Apostoli (f. 176v)