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Saint Thomas the good Apostle I-martyred was in Inde
Life of St. Thomas the Apostle in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Thomas the apostle, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 214-219
First Lines:
SEynt Thomas þe gode apostel Imartred was in Inde
Of is lif we mote rede as we doþ In bok fynde…
Last Lines:
…Nou seynt Thomas þat In to Inde cristendom verst broȝte
Bringe ous to þe Ioie of heuene to wan our lord os boȝte
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 251-254v
First Lines:
Seint tomas þa postil I martrid was In inde
of his lyf we mote rede as we in book doþ finde…
Last Lines:
…Now seint tomas þat in to Inde cristindom fyrst brouȝte
bringe vs to þe Ioyw of heuene to woch oure lord vs wrouȝte
Attributed Title: seint tomas þe a postil (f. 251)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 70ra-71rb
First Lines:
Seint Thomas þe gode Apostel I Martred was in Inde
Of his lyf we mote rede as we doþ in Boke fynde…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Thomas þat in to Inde cristendom furst brouhte
Bring us to þe Ioye of heuene to whom vr lord vs bouhte A.MEN.
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. 161-165v
First Lines:
SEint Thomas þe guode Apostle Imartred was in Inde
Of is lif we moten rede ase we in boke dothy finde…
Last Lines:
…Nov seint Thomas þat Cristindom formest into Inde brouȝte
Bringue us to þe Ioye of heouene to ȝwan pre louerd us bouȝte
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 376-89.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 131va-134vb
First Lines:
SEint Thomas þe gode apostle martired was in Inde
Of his lyf we mote rede as we in boke fynde…
Last Lines:
…Nou seint Thomas þat in Inde first Cristendom brouhte
bring vs to þe ioye of heuene to whom oure lord us bought
Attributed Title: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 153
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 68-73v
First Lines:
Seyn Thomas þe Apostle þat martird was in ynde
Of his lyf I will ȝou tell als we it writen fynde
While our lorde in erthe was with hym he welke aboute
Men calde hym sithen a to[þ]er name Thomas lange in doute…
Last Lines:
…Now sayn thomas þat in to ynde cristondom firste broght
Brynge vs al til heuen blisse to whilk þat godde vs boght
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 169-170v
First Lines:
…þer turnde þo nye þousond men and ybaptized were
Wiþ oute children & wymmen þoru þeos miracle þere…
Last Lines:
…Nou sein thomas þat In Iude cristendom ferst broȝte
Bring us to þe ioie of heuene to wan oure louerd us boȝte
Note: Missing lines 1-285.
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: 2.571-86.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 30-36v
First Lines:
SAynt Thomas the gode Apostle martired was in ynde
Of his life we most rede as we in boke fynde…
Last Lines:
…Now saint Thomas that cristendome first to ynde broght
Bring vs to the Ioie of heven to which our lord vs boght
Attributed Title: Saint thomas the Apostle (upper margin, f. 30); Saint Thomas Apostle (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 21-27
First Lines:
…On of his disciples he nom þat ycleped wa[s] Dionys
And made him mayster of þat ffolk þat hi ne dude amys…
Last Lines:
…Now Seint Thomas þat in ynde Cristendom fferst brouȝte
Brynge vs to þat ioye þat oure lord vs to broȝte
Note: Missing lines 1-142 due to lost folio(s).
Attributed Title: Thomas Apostolis (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 172v-178
First Lines:
SEint thomas þe goud apostel martred was in hynde
of his lyf we mot rede as we in boke doþ fynde…
Last Lines:
…wonderly hii þudere come & wonderliche hii gon so wende
þorwe here bede crist take gome & bringe ous to þe Ioie with þouten ende
Attributed Title: Thomas apostel (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 216v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 52
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 134
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 185
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: 2.571-86 (lines 1-308).
16.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 83-88v
First Lines:
Seynt Thomas þe goode apostel ymartrid was in ynde
Off is lif we mote rede as we doþ in bok fynde…
Last Lines:
…Now seynt Thomas þat cristendom first in to ynde brouhte
Bring vs to þe ioie of heuene to whom vr lord vs bouhte
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 250-256
First Lines:
SAynt Thomas þe gode apostel martired was in ynde
Of his lyf we most rede as we in boke fynde…
Last Lines:
…Now saynt Thomas þat cristendome first to ynde broȝt
Bringe vs to þe ioye of heuen to which oure lord vs boȝt Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Thomas Apostel (RT)
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 182v-184v
First Lines:
Seynt Thomas þe good apostel ymartred was in ynde
Of his lif we mote rede as we ywritte fynde…
Last Lines:
…Now seynt Thomas þat Cristendome first to ynde brouȝt
Brynge vs to þat Ioye to which our lord vs bouȝt. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Thome apostoli (f. 182v)