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Saint Stephen was a Jew and of Jews he came
Life of St. Stephen in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Stephen, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), ff. 1v-3
First Lines:
Seint Steuen was a iewe and of iewes he come
And thorou preching of þe apostles turned to cristen dome…
Last Lines:
…In þat chirche his holi bones were done in shryne
Nou god for þe loue of seynt steuen kepe us fro helle pyne . Amen .
Attributed Title: de Sancto Stephano (f. 2)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 220-221
First Lines:
SEyn Steuene was a wgiw & of giwes he com
þoru prechinge of þe apostles he turnde to cristendom …
Last Lines:
…In þulke chirch his holi bones were ido in scryne
Nou god for þe loue of seynt steuene vs saue fram helle pyne
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 258v-260
First Lines:
Seint Steuene was a Iew & of þe Iewes he com
& þorwȝ preching of þe a postlis cristindom he nom…
Last Lines:
…In þilke chirche his holy bonus were I don in chrine
Now god for þe loue of seint steuene schild vs from helle pyne
Attributed Title: Seint steuene þe marter (f. 258v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 71rb-71vb
First Lines:
Seint Steuene was a Gyeu and of Gywes he com
And þorwh prechinge of þe Apostles he turnde to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…In þulke chirche his holy bones weore i do in schrine
Now God for þe loue of him schilde vs from helle pyne A.M.E.N.
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.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. c.3 (SC 30516), f. 4
First Lines:
holy chirche in Ierusalem by werryddyn en eche syde
Godys dissiplis were to sprad en þe lond well wyde…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of him ȝyf yt be þy wille
Schild ws now & euer from þe pine of helle
Note: Last 6 lines only.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 135va-136va
First Lines:
SEint steuene was a gyu & of gewes he com
& þoruh þe preching of þapostel he turned to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…In þilk chirche his holy bones were y do in shrine
Nou god for þe loue of him shilde vs fro helle pine
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 96-97v
First Lines:
Seynt steuyn was a Iewe & of Iewes come
Thourgh prechynge of þe apostelys he turnyd to cristin dome…
Last Lines:
…In þe chirche his holy bonys þei were doun in schryue
Now ihesu for seynt steuynis love saf vs alle fro helle pyne
Attributed Title: De sancto Stephano (f. 96)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 73v-75
First Lines:
Sayne Sthephan was a Iwe & of þaire kynde he come
& þurgh prechynge of þe apostleȝ he turned to cristendome
fful wyde in lande he ȝode aboute & prechid of criste ful faste
In þe synagoge amange þe Iwes he come ate laste…
Last Lines:
…In þat kirke his haly boneȝ was þore done in shryne
Now god for sayne steuen lufe shilde vs fro hell pyne
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 172-173v
First Lines:
Seinte steuene was agyn & of giwes he com
And þoru prechinge of þe apostles turnde to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…In þulke churche his holy bones were ido in ssrine
Nou god for þe loue of seinte steuene ssuld us fram helle pine
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: 2.590-4.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, f. 36v
First Lines:
SAynt steven was a Iewe and of Iewes come
And thrugh preching of the Apostles he turned to cristendome…
Last Lines:
…And ladden him without the toun and stoned hym anon
ffirst thai strippet his clothes of and at a childes fete hem caste…
Note: Lines 1-36 only; catchword in lower margin of f. 36v is ‘and for he couth do’.
Attributed Title: SAint steuyn (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 27-29
First Lines:
Seint Steuene was a giew & of gywes he com
Þorw prechinge of þe apostles he turnde to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…Now god ffor þe loue of him ȝif hit beo his wille
Shulde vs now & euere in pyne of helle þat we ne spille
Attributed Title: Sanctus Stephanus (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 178-179
First Lines:
SEint Steuene was a gyw & of gywes he come
& þorw prechyng of þe apostles he turned to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…In þulke churche his holy bonys ben ydon in schryne
Now god for þe loue of hym schulde ous fram helle pyne
Attributed Title: Steuene (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 224
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 57v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 138v
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 191
17.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 102-103v
First Lines:
Seynt steuene was a gyw & of iewes he com
And þoru prechinge of þe apostles he turnede to cristendom…
Last Lines:
…In þulke churche is holy bones weren ydo in schryne
Nou god for þe loue of him schilde vs fram helle pyne
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 256-257v
First Lines:
SAynt Steven was a Iewe & of Iewes come
And þurgh prechinge of þe apostles he turned to cristendome…
Last Lines:
…In þat chirche his holy bones ben done in shryne
Now god for þe love of him shylde vs from helle pyne. Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Steven (RT)
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 184v-185
First Lines:
Seynt Stevene was a Iwe and of Iwes come
Thorowe þe preching of apostels he turned to cristendome…
Last Lines:
…In þe Church of Syon his holy bonys were putte in shryne
Now god for þe loue of hym kepe vs from helle pyne. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Stephani Prothomatris (f. 184v)