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Saint Longinus was a blind knight tho God was I-do on the Rood
Life of Longinus in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Longinus, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 14vb1
First Lines:
SEint Longius was a blind kniht þo God was don on þe Roode
Pilatus him made vr lord stinge and oþur ek þat þer stode…
Last Lines:
…Now God for þe swete Merci þat þou hast seint Longius i do
fforȝif vs vre misdede her and bring vs to heuene also. 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.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 16va-17ra
First Lines:
SEint Longius was a blind knyght & þo crist was don on rode
Pilat him made oure lord stynge oþere þat þer stode…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þy mercy þat þu seint longius hast y do
forȝeue vs oure misdede her & bring vs to heuen also
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line
Editions:
Peebles, Rose Jeffries. The Legend of Longinus. Bryn Mawr College Monograph Series 9. Baltimore: Furst, 1911: 94-5.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 30-30v
First Lines:
SEint Longius was a blind knyt þo god was don on rode
Pilatus him made oure lord stynge & oþere þat þere stode…
Last Lines:
…God for þe swete grace þat for seint longius hath I do
ffor ȝeue vs oure mys dede here and bringe vs to heuen also
4.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 29v-30
First Lines:
[S]eint longyn was a blind [sic] þo god was do on þe ro[de]
Pilatus him made oure lord stinge & oþer þat þere stode…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þi swerde loue þat þow hast S longin ydo
forȝif vs oure misdede & bringe vs to heuene also
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves
Attributed Title: de sancto longino milite & martire (f. 29v)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 32-32v
First Lines:
Seint Longius was a blind kniȝt þo god was ido In rode
Pilate him made oure louerd stinge & oþer þat þer stode…
Last Lines:
…Nou god wor þe swete milce þat uor sein longius hast ido
ffor ȝif us oure misdede here & bring us to heuene also
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: 1.84-85.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, p. 151
First Lines:
Seint Longeus was a blynd kniȝt þo god was ydo on þe rode
Pilatus him made stynge oure lord and oþere þat þer stode…
Last Lines:
…Now god ffor þe swete mercy þat to Seint Longeus hast ydo
fforYif vs oure mysdede and bring vs to heuene also
Attributed Title: Longeus (RT)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), ff. 69v-70
First Lines:
Seynt longius was a blynd knyȝt þo god was on þe rode
Pilat hym made oure lord to stynge & oþere þat þer stoode…
Last Lines:
…now good lord for þi swete grace þat þu to seynt longius hast do
for ȝeue vs alle oure mysdedes here & bryng vs to heuene also
Note: In this MS incorporated as part of 3452
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 50-50v
First Lines:
SEint longius was ablynde ky kniȝt þo god was do on rode
pylatus hym mad oure lord stynge and oþer þat þer stode…
Last Lines:
…god for þe swete mulce þat þu to seint longius hast ydo
for ȝyue ous oure mysdede & bringe ous to heuene al so
Attributed Title: Longius (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 122v-123
First Lines:
SEint longius was a blynde knyȝt þo god was do on þe rode
pilatus made hym oure lord stynge & oþer þat þer stode…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe mylce þat þu hast seint longius i do
for ȝeue ous oure mysdede & brynge ous to heuene also
Attributed Title: Longius (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 40v-41
First Lines:
SEint longius was a blynd kniȝt þo god was y do on Rode
Pilatus him made oure lord stinge & oþer þat þer stode…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe swete mylte þat for sein longius hast y do
for ȝif vs oure misdede here & bringe vs to heuene also
Attributed Title: De sancto longio (f. 40v, by scribe in margin beside first line); longius (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 119
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 24
13.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 32v-33
First Lines:
Seint Longius was a blynde knyght whan god was doun on rode
Pilat him made our lord to stynge & oþer þat þer stode…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe swete mercye þat þou for longius hast do
Forȝeue vs our mysdede and bring vs to heven also. Amen.
Attributed Title: Þe lif of Seint Longius (f. 32v)