The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4633
NIMEV 2931.55
Saint John the Baptist in wilderness
The Ministry and Passion of Christ, a temporale narrative from the South English Legendary, a continuation of 6380 — 3048 lines in couplets.
Note: Formerly part of 3452; includes former 2707 and 2724; see Pickering (1973), 445 ff.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Christ, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 436 (SC ??), ff. 1-10v
Note: 901 lines, beginning at v. 874
Horstmann, Carl. Leben Jesu: ein Fragment, und Kindheit Jesu, &c. Münster: Regensberg, 1873: 29-69.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), ff. 35-69v
First Lines:
Seynt Iohn þe baptyst in wildernesse allone hadde be
fro þe tyme þat he cowde gon per myȝt no man hym se…
Last Lines:
…now ihesu for þi swete croys þat pou were on do
bryng vs to pe ioyȝe of heuene þatþou bouȝttyst vs to
Note: Follows 6380
Pickering, Oliver S., ed. The South English Ministry and Passion, edited from MS St. John’s College, Cambridge, B.6. Middle English Texts 16. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag/Carl Winter, 1984.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), ff. 35-69v
First Lines:
Oure lord wolde in to þe toun gon but for pres he ne myȝt
vp on an hil he wente anon & prechid or he lyȝt…
Last Lines:
…bid not be strete as an ypocrite þat haþ his mede her
priuylyche sey þin orysoun and be gynne in þis maner
Note: Follows 6380
4.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), ff. 39v-40v
First Lines:
Oure fader þat art in heuene halewed be þi name be
Comyn mote þi kyngdam to vs þat we may it se…
Last Lines:
…but make it in heuene þer non of hem may þer neuere come
& þu it schal fynde at þi gret nede qwan þin oþer is þe be nome
Note: In this MS incorporated as part of 3452; 58 lines in couplets.
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 270-270v
First Lines:
…Oure fadere þat art in heuene yhalwed þy name be
Come mote þy kynedom þat we hit mote yse…
Last Lines:
…þo he hadde ytaȝt his men hou hii schold bydde hure bede
he teyȝte hem hou hii schold faste al as in one stede
Note: 52 line extract, corresponding to vv. 427-74 (former 2707).
Attributed Title: Pater Noster (RT)