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Among holy gospels all it is not good to believe
Euangelium In principio’, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Note: For variant versions in short lines see 874 and 2479.
Title(s): South English Legendary ; ‘Euangelium In principio
Subjects: scripture texts, Engl. trans. of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 23v-25v
First Lines:
In þe by gynnyng of þe fadir þe sone was & is
& þe sone was a nente god & god was sone I wis…
Last Lines:
…now seynt Jhon þe euangelist þat gode mon art & hende
praye to hym þat vs made þe Ioye of heuene vs sende
Note: Without prologue of 26 lines.
Attributed Title: Ewangelium Sancti Johannis (f. 23v)
2.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 1-2
First Lines:
Among oþer gospels hit ys noȝt to byleue
Þo holy gospel of Seint Iohan of godes grace hit ne ȝeue[fore-edge]…
Last Lines:
…A wys Ion þe euangelist þat god man ert & hende
Bide þat god to þulke ioie þat þow ert inne vs sende
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 93-97
First Lines:
Among holy gospelles alle hit is nouȝt goed to by leue
Þe holy gospel of Seint Ion ȝif god vs grace ȝeue…
Last Lines:
…Now with Ion þe Ewangelist þat goed man art and hende
Þou ffor vs bydde þat to þulke ioye þat þou art ynne Ihesu criste vs sende
Attributed Title: Ewangelium In principio (RT)