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Saint John the evangelist that Apostle is
Life of St. John the Evangelist in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; John the Evangelist, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), ff. 3-5v
First Lines:
Seint Iohn euangelist þat apostle also is
Was oure lordes aunte son and seint James broþir ywis …
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Ion euangelist if it þi wille is
Praye for us þat we mut come to heuen blisse
Attributed Title: de Iohanne Euangeliste (f. 3)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.220 (SC 29430), ff. 23v-31
First Lines:
SEint Ion þe ewangeliste þat on of þe apostles is
was oure lordes auhnte sone & seint Iemes broþur y wis
His Modur was oure lady suster Marie Cleofhe
Wedded ȝo was to his fadur þat hitte ȝebede…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Ion þe ewangelist ȝif hit þy wille is
Bede oure erande þat we mote come to hevene bis
Attributed Title: Sanctus Iohanes Euuangelista (RT)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 222-228
First Lines:
SEyn Ion þe euengelist þat apostel also is
His moder was our leuedi soster & seynt Iames broþer iwis …
Last Lines:
…Of ech halwe men fynd to soþe þat bodi bileuei here
Bote of our leuedi & seynt Ion þat maidens were so clere
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 260-265
First Lines:
Seint Ihon þe wangelist þat apostil al so is
was oure lordus auntis sone & seint Iames broþer I wis…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Ion þe wangelist ȝif it þy wille is
pray for vs alle þat we mote come to heuene blis
Attributed Title: Seint steu ihon þe wangelist (f. 260)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 71vb-73rb
First Lines:
Seint Ion þe Ewangelist þat Apostel also is
Was vr lordes Aunte sone and seint Iemes broþur i wis…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Ion þe Ewangelist ȝif hit þi wille is
Bide for vs þat we mote come to heuene blis. A.M.E.N.
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.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. c.3 (SC 30516), ff. 4; 5; 3a
First Lines:
[S]Eynt Ion þe wangelist þat a postel al so ys
Was our lordis aunte sone & seynt Iamys broþer y wys …
Last Lines:
…Now seyt Iohn þe wangelist ȝyf þy wille ys
Byd for ws þat we mote come to þe heuene blys
Note: Lines 1-56 and last 72 lines.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 169v-174
First Lines:
SEint Iohan þe ewangelist þat apostel is
Was ore louerdes Aunte sone and seint Iemes broþur i wis…
Last Lines:
…Noupe Seint Iohan þe Ewangelist ȝyf it þi wille is
Beode ore Erinde þat we moten come to heouene blis
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 402-17.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 138ra-141rb
First Lines:
SEint Ion þe euangelist þat Apostle also is
Was oure lordes aunte sone Seint Iames his broþer ywis…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Ion þe euanglist if it þi wille is
bidde for vs þat we mote come to heuene blis
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line; follows blank page after 874.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 402-17.
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 99v-104v
First Lines:
Seynt Iohn þe Euangeliste þat a postil also is
Was oure lordis avntis sone & seynt Iames brother y wis…
Last Lines:
…Now seynt Iohn þe Ewangelist ȝyf it þi wil be
Pray for vs alle þat we may comen to heuen þat rial cite
Attributed Title: De sancto Iohanne Ewangeliste (97v)
10.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 99v-104v
First Lines:
Seynt Iohn þe Euangeliste þat a postil also is
Was oure lordis avntis sone & seynt Iames brother y wis…
Last Lines:
…Now seynt Iohn þe Ewangelist ȝyf it þi wil be
Pray for vs alle þat we may comen to heuen þat rial cite
Note: Explicit iste liber.
Attributed Title: De sancto Iohanne Ewangeliste (97v)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 75-80v
First Lines:
Sayne Jon þe Euangelyste & Apostle is
Was our lordeȝ aunteȝ son & sayn Jame broþer ywis
His modre our lady sistre was marie Cleophe
She was wadid til his fadre þat hight ȝebede…
Last Lines:
…Now sayn Ion þe Euangeliste if it þi swete will is
Pray for vs to ihesu criste he graunte vs heuene blis
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 173v-180
First Lines:
Sein Ion þe wangelist þat apostel also is
Was oure louerdis aunte sone & sein Iames broþer iwis…
Last Lines:
…Nou sein Ion þe wangelist ȝif it þi wille is
Bidde for us þat we mote come to heuene blis
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: 2.594-610.
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 29-40
First Lines:
Seint Ion þe Ewangelist þat apostel al so is
Was oure lordes aunte sone & seint James broþer ywis…
Last Lines:
…Now Seint Ion þe Ewangelist ȝif hit þi wille is
Bidde ffor vs þat we mote come to heuene blis
Attributed Title: Sanctus Johannes Ewangelista (RT)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 101-106
First Lines:
SEint Ion þe ewangeliste þat apostil al so is
Was oure lordis aunte sone & seint Iame his broþer y wys…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Ion þe euangeliste ȝif hit þy wylle ys
byd for ous þat we motyn come to heuene blysse
Attributed Title: Ion ewangeliste (RT)
15.Source: London, British Library Addit. 24078, f. 275
Note: Fragments: lines 232-61, 264 93.
16.Source: London, British Library Cotton Cleopatra D.IX, f. 118r1
First Lines:
…Him sende here his ring aȝen & þonked him also
Þo þis knyȝht to engelond com his erand he gan do…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Iohn þe Ewangelist ȝyf it þi wille is
Bidde ous þat we mot come to heuene blis
Note: Last 8 lines only. Folio number reflects the most recent foliation.
17.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 225v
18.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 58
19.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 140
20.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 192v
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 106-7 (extract).
21.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 103v-110v
First Lines:
Seynt Ion þe Euangelist þat apostil al so is
Was vr lordes aunte sone & seyn Iemes broþer ywis…
Last Lines:
…Now seynt Ion þe Euangelist ȝif it þi wille is
Bede oure Erende þat we mote come to heuene blis
22.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 105v-112v
First Lines:
SAynt Ion þe evaungelist þat apostel is
Was oure lordes Aunte sone & saynt Iames broþer…
Last Lines:
…Now saynt Ion þe euaungelist ȝif his wille is
Þou bere oure ernde þat god ȝeve vs part of heuen blis Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Ion euaungelist (RT); Ion euaungelist (RT)
23.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 185-187
First Lines:
Seynt Ihon þe Euaungelist also apostel is
He was our lordis suster sone seint Iames broþer iwis…
Last Lines:
…Nowe seynt Iohn þe Euaungelist if it þi wille is
Prey for vs þat we mowe come to heuene blis. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Iohannis Euaungeliste (f. 185)