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Saint Matthias Apostle is as ye shullen all I-wite
Life of St. Matthias in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Matthias, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 54
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 28-28v
First Lines:
SEyn Mathi apostel is as ȝe scholleþ iwite
þeru lot apostel ymad he was as we fyndeþ iwrite…
Last Lines:
…& burede it þus wiþ gret honur as me sceweþ ȝute
In seynt marie chirche ofte his heued wit gret prute
Attributed Title: seyn Mathy (f. 28)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 170v-171
First Lines:
Seint mathy apostil is as we cholleþ alle I wite
þorwȝ lot apostis he I makid was as we findeþ I write…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of hym lede vs here so wisse
Þat whanne we hennes wendiþ come to heuen blisse
Attributed Title: Seint Matheu þe postil (f. 170v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), f. 177
Transcription:
…And by leued þorwȝ him on god & torned to cristindome
Þe leipr iustise of þe londe þer of I hurd telle
He lot neme þis holyman & in strong deþ a quelle
ac he nys nowher I founde in boke what deþ he hadde þere
as I martrid he was in strong torment as þe apostles were
Gode men com þer afterward & þat holy body nome
& out of þe lond of Iude ladde hit suþþen to rome
& beryid hit þere wit honour þer as me seeþ hym ȝute
In seint Mary chirch of rome his heued wit gret prite
& þus he ended his lyf as ich ȝouh told habbe
& in þis maner apostil I chose wit outin eny gabbe
Now god for þe loue of him lete vs here so wisse
þat whanne we hennes wendeþ come to heuene blisse
Note: Original conclusion to Life of Matthias (final 13 lines) before leaves inserted between ff. 170 and 177 (6853, portion of 787, 5329); therefore repetition of lines now on f. 171, inserted to complete Matthias before the new material.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 14rb1
First Lines:
SEint Mathi Apostel is as ȝe schule alle i wite
Þoruȝ lot Apostel i mad he was as we fyndeþ i write…
Last Lines:
…Nou God for þe loue of seint Mathi lete vs here so wisse
Þat we whenne we henne wende come to heuene blisse. 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.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 165v-166
First Lines:
SEint Mathie Apostle is ase ȝe schullen alle i wite
þoruȝh Lot he was apostle imaud ase it is i write…
Last Lines:
…Nov god for þe loue of Seint Mathi us lene ore lif so wisse
Þat we ȝwanne we heonnes wiendeth comen to heouene blissa
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 389-90.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 13va-13vb
First Lines:
SEint Mathi apostel is as ȝe sholl y wite
Bi lot apostel mad he was as we finde y write…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of seint Mathi he vs here so wisse
þat we whan we hennes wende Come to heuene blisse
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 25-25v
First Lines:
SEint Mathi Apostle as ȝe moun wel wite
Þour lot apostle he mad was as we finde write…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of seint Mathi rede vs here so for to wisse
Þat whan we henes wende mote comen to heuen blisse
9.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 26-26v
First Lines:
[S]eint Mathi þe apostoȝl is as [ȝ]e schollen wite
þurȝ loth apostoȝl y mad ȝe was as we findeþ iwrite…
Last Lines:
…& burede hir wiþ gret honour [ ]ne may ise ȝute
In S Marie chirche [ ]f his he[ ]ed comeþ gret prute
Note: Portions of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto Math[ie] Apostolo [ ] (f. 26)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 26-26v
First Lines:
Swint Mathi apostel is as ȝe ssolle iwite
Þoru lot apostel he was ymad as we findeþ iwrite…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe loue of seint mathi lete us here so wisse
Þat wanne we hannes wendeþ come to heuene blisse
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: 1.70-71.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 140-141
First Lines:
Seint Mathi Apostel is as ȝe mowe wel ywyte
Þorw lot apostel he ymad was as we fyndeþ ywrite…
Last Lines:
…Now god ffor þe loue of Seint Mathi let vs so do & wisse
Þat whanne we hennes wendeþ we mote come to heuene blisse
Attributed Title: Mathias (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 45v-46
First Lines:
SEint mathi þe apostel as we fyndeþ ywryte
Þorw god apostel he was yamde as we mow ywytte…
Last Lines:
…God for loue of seint mathy late ous here so wysse
Þat we wan we hanne weneþ come to heuene blysse
Attributed Title: Mathei (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 34-34v
First Lines:
SEyn Mathy apostel is as ȝe ssolle y wyte
þoru lot apostel ymad he was as we fyndeþ ywrite…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for þe loue of sein Mathi let vs here so wisse
þat wanne we hanne wendeþ come to heuene blisse
Attributed Title: De sancto Mathio Apostole (f. 34, by scribe in margin beside first line)
14.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 30
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 114
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 26v
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 18
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, f. 70v
First Lines:
SAynt Mathie apostle as gode clerkes weten
Þurȝ lot he was apostle chosen as holy men han writen…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe love of saynt Mathye he vs rede & wisse
Þat we may when we hennes wende come to heuen blisse
Attributed Title: Saynt Mathie apostle (RT)
19.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 39
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 31-31v
First Lines:
Seint Mathy apostel was as ȝe shul ywite
Þorgh lotte apostel made he was as we fynde write…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of seint Mathie lete vs here so wisse
Þat whan we wenden hens we mote come to þat blysse. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Mathei apostoli (f. 31)