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IMEV 2895
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Saint Fabian by old daw goodman was inow
Lives of SS. Fabian and Sebastian (longer version, 114 lines) in the South English Legendary — 24 lines (Fabian) and 90 lines (Sabastian), as in 4594
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Fabian and Sebastian, saints, lives of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), f. 6
First Lines:
SEint fabian bi olde dawe good mon was Inouȝ
At rome he ladde holi lif & to alle godnesse drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…Wende to þe Ioie of heuene þat last wiþoute ende
Nou god uor þe loue of him ous alle þus sende
Note: 24 lines.
Attributed Title: Fabyan (f. 6)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 131-132
First Lines:
Seint fabyan by olde dawe good man was Inouȝ
at rome he ladde ioly lyf & to alle goodnesse drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…& wente to þat ioye þat neuer ne chal mysse
now Ihesus for seint Sebastyanes loue graunt vs heuen blisse
Note: Saint Sebastian treated as separate piece.
Attributed Title: Seint fabian þe marter (f. 131); Seint bastian þe marter (f. 131v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 4vb
First Lines:
SEint fabian bi olde dawe God man was y now
At rome he ladde holy lyf And to all godenesse drow…
Last Lines:
…And syþþen he lette smyte of After al þat oþer pyne
And þus sent fabian þe pope broȝte his lif to fine…
Note: Imperfect; lines 1-18 only due to loss of folio(s); written in half-lines.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), f. 6
First Lines:
SEint fabian in olde dawe a good man was I nough
At Rome he ledde holi liif & to all goodnes drough…
Last Lines:
…þus seint sebastian brouȝte his liif to ende
In to þe ioye of heuen fro pyne he gan wende
Note: Saints Sebastian and Fabian treated separately in this MS (i.e. this treated as two entries).
5.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 7v-8
First Lines:
Seint Fabian bi olde dawe god man was ynow
At Rome he ladde holy lif & to al godnesse drow…
Last Lines:
…þus S[eint] Sebastian broȝte his lif to gode ende
& to þe ioie of heuene fro pyne gan wende
Note: Treats as two separate texts; missing lines 31-110.
Attributed Title: De sancto fabiano martire (f. 7v); De sancto Sebastiano martire (f. 7v)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 6-7v
First Lines:
Sein fabian bi olde dauwe god man was Inou
At Rome he ladde holy lif and to alle godnesse drou…
Last Lines:
…þus sein bastian broȝte is lyf to ende
And to þe Ioie of heuene fram pine gan wende
Note: Saints Sebastian and Fabian treated separately in this MS (i.e. this treated as two entries).
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: 1.15.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 107-109
First Lines:
Seint ffabyan by olde dawe goed man was ynow
At rome he ladde holy lif and to alle goednesse drow…
Last Lines:
…Now lord Sebastian byde ffor vs him þat was of a mayde ybore
Þat we ffor non eorþlich dede ffram þilke ioye ne beo ffor lore
Attributed Title: ffabianus & Sebastianus (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 29-30v
First Lines:
SEint fabian by old dawe goud man was ynow
atte rome he ladde holy lyf & to alle goude drow…
Last Lines:
…Þus seint bestian broȝt his lyf to ende
In to þe Ioye of heuene mot oure saules wende
Attributed Title: Fabian (RT, f. 29v); Sebastian (RT, f. 30)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 11v-13
First Lines:
SEyn fabyan by olde dawe gode man was y nou
at Rome he ladde holy lyf and to alle godenesse drou…
Last Lines:
… þis seyn bastyan broȝte his lyf to hende
And to þe ioye of heuene fro pyne he gan wende
Attributed Title: De sancto fabiano (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Arundel 42, f. 2v-1v
First Lines:
[S[eynt ffabyan by olde dawe goude man was y now
At rome he ladde holy lyf and to alle goudnesse drow…
Last Lines:
…ffor here by leue is ryȝt and goud and ȝoure nys worth a schille
Þer fore on þy soule by þenke ne by lef noȝt on a stone
Note: Lines 106-114 wanting. Folios are out of order, so text begins on f. 2v and continues on f. 1. Missing lines 72-90. Space left for illuminated initial ‘S’, which was not filled. Text on f. 1 severely damaged.
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 7
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 96
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 7v
14.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 49v
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], f. 13v-14v
First Lines:
Seint Fabian by olde dawe good was ynough
At Rome he ladde holy lyf and to ech goodnes drough…
Last Lines:
…Thus seint sebastian broughte his lyf to ende
To the blisse of heuene froms the pyne gan wende
Note: Treated as separate texts.
Attributed Title: De sancto Fabiano (f. 3v); De sancto Sebastiano (f. 13v)