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Saint Peter was with our Lord of all Apostles highest
Life of St. Peter in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Peter, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 88v-95
First Lines:
SEyn Peter was wiþ our lord of alle apostles hext
Seynt Ion þe ewangelist & he our lord were euer next…
Last Lines:
…Seynt Peter þat bereþ heuene keie þoru our lordes grace
Graunte ous þuder come & þer Inne habbe an place
Attributed Title: syn Peter þe apostell (f. 89)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 218v-223v
First Lines:
Seint petir was wiþ oure lord on of þe apostlus hexte
& seint Ihon þe ewangelist for euer þey were him nexte…
Last Lines:
…seint peter þat heuene keyis kepeþ þorwȝ goddus grace
graunte vs þedir for to come & þer to habben a place
Attributed Title: Seint Petir þe holy apostil (f. 218v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 36rb-36vb
First Lines:
Seint peter was wiþ vr lord of alle hise apostles hext
Seint Ion Ewangelist mid ur lord weren tweyne next…
Last Lines:
…ffor he þolede for him more and ȝaf him ensaumple þerto
Þerfore ne reccheþ þis goode mon þauh me him do wo…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to missing folio 37.
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. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 58rb-61rb
First Lines:
SEint Petur was wiþ oure lord of alle his apostles hext
Seint Ion þe euangelist & he were oure lord next…
Last Lines:
…Þei beoþ ȝette kept as relikes þorw holi chirche lore
Þe lasse seint peters were & seint poules þe more
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 58
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 131-133
First Lines:
…Parte had þe devile envy as he has til al gude
A disciple he made in lande þat was of lithir mode
Symon magus was hys name þat werrayd nyȝt & day
Agayne criste & his seruanteȝ þat trowed in cristen lay…
Last Lines:
…Sayn petre þat bereȝ heuen key þou lavse vs out of synne
& brynge vs to þat mekil blis þat neuer more sal blynne
Note: Begins imperfectly due to loss of folio(s).
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 92v-99
First Lines:
Seinte peter was wiþ oure louerd of al is apostles hecst
Sein Ion þe wangelist & he were euere oure louerd nexst…
Last Lines:
…Seinte peter þat heuene keie witeþ þoru godes grace
Grante us þuder forto come & þer Inne habbe a place
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: 1.246-64.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 315-326
First Lines:
Seint Peter was wiþ oure lord of alle þe Apostles hext
Seint Ion þe Ewangelist and he were oure lord euere next…
Last Lines:
…Seint Peter þat heuene keyes witeþ þorw oure lordes grace
Vs helpe þuder to come and þer ynne habbe a place
Attributed Title: Sanctus Petrus (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 107v-112
First Lines:
SEint petir with oure lord of alle appostlis ys hext
& seint Ion þe euangeliste was euer oure lord next…
Last Lines:
…peter þat beryt heuene key þorwe oure lordis grace
graunte ous þyder to come & þer in habbe a place
Attributed Title: Peter apostel (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 107v-115
First Lines:
SEinte peter was wiþ oure lorde of alle is apostles hecst
Sein Ion þe euangelist & he were euere oure lorde nexst…
Last Lines:
…Seinte peter þat heuene keye witeþ þoru godes grace
Graunte vs þuder for to come & þer Inne haue aplace
Attributed Title: De sancto petro apostolo (f. 107v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Petrus (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 92
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 165
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 69v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 100v
Note: Ends imperfectly.
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 67v
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 127v-132
First Lines:
SAynt Petre was with oure lord of þe Apostles hext
Saynt Ion þe euaungelist & he god here were next…
Last Lines:
…His hede was dounward & all his body was pyned þere
Þeron he dyed as god hit wold his soule to heuen went
God for love of hem boþe oure synnes lete vs amende Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Petre (RT)
17.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 37
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 91-97v
First Lines:
Seint Peter was wiþ our lord & of alle postels hexte
Seint Iohn þe euaungelest & he were euere our lord nexte…
Last Lines:
…Seynt Peter þat hevene keys berst wiþ our lordis grace
Graunte vs þidere to come and haue þer in a place
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Petri Apostoli (f. 91)