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



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 85v-87
First Lines:
SEyn Barnabe þe apostel þat good was & hende
Imartred he was uor godes loue in strong deþ aten ende…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne ihesu crist kyng of alle kynge
Vor þe loue of Barnabe þat he ous to heuene bringe
Attributed Title: seyn Barnabe (f. 85v)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 303v-304v
First Lines:
seint barnabe þe apostil þat good was & hende
martrid he was for goddus loue in strong deþ at þe ende…
Last Lines:
…& þat we moot þer be god ȝeue vs soch grace
to sitte in þe ryȝt syde to se oure lordus face
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 32ra-32rb
First Lines:
Seint Barnabe þe Apostel þat good was and hende
Imartred was for vr lordes loue in strong deþ atte ende…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we Ihesu crist þat is kyng of alle kynge
ffor loue of seint Barnabe þat he to heuene vs bringe. 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. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 31v-32v
First Lines:
SEint Barnabe þe Apostle þat guod was and hiende
I Martred he was for godes loue in strongue deþe at þenende…
Last Lines:
…Nov bidde we ȝeorne ihesu crist king of alle kinge
ffor loue of Seint Barnabe þat he us to heouene bringue
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 26-9.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 52vb-53rb
First Lines:
SEint barnabe þe Apostle þat god was & hende
Martired was for godes loue In strong detht atte nende…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne Ihesu Crist king of all thinge
ffor þe loue of seint barnabe þat he vs to heuene bringe
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 50-51
First Lines:
Seint Barnabe þe appostel þat guod man was and hende
I martrid was for godis sone in strong deþ atte nende…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝerne ihesu crist kyng of alle kynge
ffor þe loue of seint Barnabe þat vs to heuene brynge
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Barnabe apostoli (f. 50)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 82-83
First Lines:
Sein Barnabe þe apostel þat god was and hende
I martred was for godes loue in strong deþ atte nende…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝeorne ihesu crist king of alle kynge
ffor þe loue of sein barnabe þat us to heuene bringe
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: 1.217-20.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 297-299
First Lines:
Seint Barnabe þe Apostel þat goed man was & hende
ymartred was ffor godes loue in strong deþ atten ende…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝeorne Ihesu crist þat is kyng ouer alle þinge
ffor þe loue of Seint Barnabe þat he vs to heuene bringe
Attributed Title: Barnabas (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 123v-124v
First Lines:
SEint barnabe þe apostel þat goud was & hende
y martryd was for godis loue in stronge deþ at þan ende…
Last Lines:
…Now bydde we ȝerne ihesu crist kyng of al kyng
for loue of seint barnabe to heuene þat he ous bringe
Attributed Title: Barnabe apostel (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 96-97v
First Lines:
SEin Barnabe þe apostel þat gode was & hende
y Martrede was for godes love & stronge deþ attenende…
Last Lines:
…Now praye we ȝerne ihesu crist kyng of alle kyngge
for þe love of Sein barnabe þat vs to heuene bringe
Attributed Title: De Sancto Barnabe (f. 96, by scribe in margin beside first line); Barnaba (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 89
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 158v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 65v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 91
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 56v
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 124v-126
First Lines:
SAynt barnabe þe Apostle þat was so gode & hende
Martired he was for goddes love with harde deþ at his ende…
Last Lines:
…Now pray we ȝerne to Ihesu lord of all þinge
ffor love of saynt barnabe to heuen þat he vs bringe Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt barnabe (RT)
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 87-88
First Lines:
Seint Bernard þe appostel was good & eke hende
And marterd was for goddis loue er he hens wende…
Last Lines:
…Now prey we Ihesu crist kyng aboue kyng
For þe loue of seynt Barnabe vs to Ioye bring. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Barnabi (f. 87)