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Saint Matthew the Evangelist apostle he was Iwis
Life of St. Matthew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Matthew, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 136-137v
First Lines:
SEyn Matheu þe euangelist apostel he was iwis
Euangelist & eke apostel boþe he was & is…
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesus ȝeue ous grace þulke Ioie to wynne
Vor þe loue of seynt matheu þat is soule is Inne
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 53rb-53va
First Lines:
SEint Matheu þe Ewangelist Apostel he was i wis
Ewangelist and eke Apostel boþe he was and is…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu ȝif vs grace þat ilke Ioye to winne
ffor þe loue of seint Matheu þat his holy soule is Inne. 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.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 50v-52
First Lines:
SEint Matheu þe ewangelist apostel he was and is
Ewangelist and eke apostle for soþe he was and is (sic)…
Last Lines:
…Nou Iesu crist us ȝiue is grace þulke Ioyȝe i winne
ffor þe loue of Seint Matheu þat he woneth inne
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 77-81.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 86rb-87rb
First Lines:
SEint Matheu þe euangelist apostle was y wis
Euangelist & ek apostle boþe was & is…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu vs ȝiuen grace þilke ioye to wynne
for þe loue of seint matheu þat his holy soule is inne
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 102v
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 147-149
First Lines:
Sein Mattheu þe wangelist apostel he was iwis
Ewangelist & eke apostel for boþe he was & is…
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesu us ȝiue þe grace þulke ioie to wynne
ffor þe loue of sein Mattheu þat is holy soule is Inne
Attributed Title: Sanctus Matheus (RT)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 410-413
First Lines:
Seint Matheu þe Ewangelist Apostel he was ywis
Ewangelist and eke Apostel ffor boþe he was and is…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu vs ȝiue grace þulke ioye to wynne
ffor þe loue of Seint Matheu þat his holy soule is ynne
Attributed Title: Sanctus Matheus (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 143v-144v
First Lines:
SEint matheu þe ewangelyst apostel was y wys
Ewangelyst & eke apostele boþ he was & ys…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu crist ȝif ous grace þulke Ioie to wynne
for þe loue of seint matheu þat he now ys Inne
Attributed Title: Matheu apostel (RT)
9.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 168-170
First Lines:
SEin Matheu þe ewangeliste apostel he was y wis
Ewangelist & eke apostel for boþe he was & is…
Last Lines:
…Nou ihesu vs ȝyue þe grace þat Ioye to wynne
for þe loue of sein Matheu þat is holy soule is Inne
Attributed Title: Matheus (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 134
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 222v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 135
Note: Lines 1-74 only.
13.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 120
14.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 169-171
First Lines:
SAynt Matheu þe euangelist apostel was y wis
Euaungelist & eke apostle boþe he was & is…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu Crist ȝeue vs grace þat ioye to wynne
ffor þe love of saynt Matheu þere he now is ynne Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Matheu (RT)
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 137v-139
First Lines:
Seynt Mathewe þe euaungelist apostel was iwis
Euaungelist and eke apostel boþ he was and is…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu sende vs grace þat blisse for to wynne
For þe loue of seint Mathewe þat his soule is Inne. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Mathei apostoli et euaungeliste (f. 137v)