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Sir he says and Sunday is now
The Life of Joseph of Arimathea — 709 alliterative lines
Subjects: Joseph of Arimathea, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — alliteration



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 403ra-404vb
First Lines:
…sire he seis and sonenday is nouwe
Þenne alle lauh when an heiȝ þat herden his wordes
Hit is two and fourti winter þei seiȝen trewely forsoþe…
Last Lines:
…Siþen þei bi tauȝten þe blod twei burnes to holden
And þei lenden of þe toun and leuen hit þere
Note: Written as prose. 709 lines; begins incomplete.
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.
Editions:
Skeat, Walter William, ed. Joseph of Arimathie: the Romance of the Seint Graal, an alliterative poem. EETS o.s 44 (1871); repr. 1987: 1-23.