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Saint Paul was a lither man ere he I-converted were
Life of St. Paul in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Paul, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 95-98v
First Lines:
SEyn Poul was aluþer mon ar he conuerted were
Alle cristenmen of þelond hadde of him gret fere…
Last Lines:
…& uor loue of seynt poul was lif ichabbe ised
Bring ous to þe Ioie of heuene after þat we beþ ded
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 123v-126
First Lines:
Seint poul was a leþer man ar he I comwerted were
alle cristinmen of þe londe hadde of hym gret fere…
Last Lines:
…& for þe loue of seint poul whas lif ich habbe I sede
bryng vs to þe ioye of heuene after þat we beþ dede
Attributed Title: Sent poul þe postil (f. 123v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 38ra-38vb
First Lines:
…Aȝeyn þe prikke to wince swiþe strong is þe
Lord quaþ Saul þo what wolton do bi me…
Last Lines:
…And for þe loue of seint Poul hos lyf ichaue ised
Bring vs to þe Ioye of heuene aftur þat we ben ded. AMEN. Amen.
Note: Missing lines 1-22.
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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 93-93v
First Lines:
SEint powel was a luþer man are he i couerted were
Alle þe cristine men of þe lond hadden of him gret fere…
Last Lines:
…Seint powel to cristinedom cam in þusse manere
God us graunti for is loue In heuene to ben is fere
Note: Conversion only: 74 lines.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Pauli (f. 93)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 189-92.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 61va-63rb
First Lines:
SEint Poule was a luþer man er he conuerted were
Alle þe cristen of þe lond of him hadde fere…
Last Lines:
…And for þe loue of Seint Poul Whas lif I haue ȝou sede
Bring vs to þe ioye of heuene Whan þat we beo ded
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 62v
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 133-135v
First Lines:
Sayn paule was a wicked man & of yvil dede
Al cristen men of þe lande of hym had mekil drede
ffor he was sterne man & fell & shame he did ynoghe
To cristen men whore he þaim fande for many one he sloghe…
Last Lines:
…Sayne paule þe gude prechoure þou stalworth goddeȝ knyȝt
Þou brynge vs in to heuene toure amange þe angelȝ bryȝt
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 99-102v
First Lines:
Seinte poul was aluþer man ar he iconuerted were
Alle cristene men in þe lond had of him gret fere…
Last Lines:
…And for þe loue of sein poul was lif ich habbe ised
Bringe us to þe ioie of heuene after þat we beoþ ded
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: 1.264-74.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 326-328
First Lines:
Seint Poul was a luþer man ar he conuerted were
Alle þe cristene men in þe lond hadde of him gret ffere…
Last Lines:
…Þou smitest him ffor Ihesu crist þat we serueþ also
Þo was Nero almost wod ne nom ham atte laste…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to loss of folio(s).
Attributed Title: Paulus (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 112-115
First Lines:
SEint poule was a luþer man ar he turmentyd were
alle cristen men of þat londe hadde of hym grete fere…
Last Lines:
…& for loue of seint poul wos lyue ic habbe y sede
bringe ous to þe Ioie of heuene after þat we beþ dede
Attributed Title: Paul apostel (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 115-119
First Lines:
SEin poule was a luþer man ar he conuerted were
Alle cristen men of þe londe adde of him grete fere…
Last Lines:
…And for þe loue of sein Paul was lyf y have y sed
Bringe vs to the Ioye of heuene after þat we beþ ded
Attributed Title: De conuersione Sancti Pauli (f. 115, by scribe in margin beside first line); Paulus, Paul (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 98v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 171
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 76
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 74
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 58v-59v
First Lines:
SAynt Poule was a monquellere er he conuerted were
Alle cristen men of þe lond douted his encombrere…
Last Lines:
…Saynt Poule to cristendome come in þis manere
And god vs graunte þurȝ his bone to be in heuen his fere
Note: Conversion only.
Attributed Title: Saynt Poule (in margin and RT)
17.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 38
Note: Conversion only.
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 98-101v
First Lines:
Seynt Poule was a liþer man er he conuerted were
All Cristen men of euery londe were of hym in fere…
Last Lines:
…And þe loue of seint Paule whos lif I haue yseyde
Bryng vs to þe Ioye of heuene aftere þat we be dede. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita ac legenda Sancti Pauli (f. 98)