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The holy feast of Easter cometh after Lent anon
‘Pascha’ (explanation of the Feast of Easter) in the South English Legendary — normally fifty-eight lines
Note: This text is also included as lines 15-72 of the Resurrectio Christi; see 1546.
Title(s): South English Legendary ; ‘Pascha’
Subjects: Easter
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 51-52
First Lines:
ÞE holi feste of ester comeþ after leynte anon
As our lord aros fram deþe to lyue boþe in flesc & bon…
Last Lines:
…þe rouisous ne comeþ neuere biuore seynt Markes dai
þer uore we wolleþ of telle in þe bigynnyng of may
Attributed Title: Easter (f. 51)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 36-36v
First Lines:
Þe holy feste of ester comeþ after lente anon
As oure lord aros fram deþ to lyue boþe in flesch & bon…
Last Lines:
…nouȝ god for his holy body þat for vs was i nome
let vs so his flesch afonge þat we to heuene come
Note: No heading so treated as part of 787 in this MS.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 139-139v
First Lines:
Þe holy feste of estir comeþ after lente anon
As oure lord ros fram deþ to lyue boþe in flesch & bon…
Last Lines:
…þe reuesony comep newen be fore seint markes day
þerfore we wolleþ tellen eftsone þe by gynnyng of may
Note: Second occurrence in MS; treated as part of 1301.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 19rb-19va
First Lines:
ÞE holy feste of Aster comeþ after lenton A non
As vr lord a ros from deþe to lyue boþe in flesch and bon…
Last Lines:
…And vr lordes flesch vndurfongeþ mid his holy bloode
Þat he ȝaf to stronge deþe for vs vppon þe Roode
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 Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 31rb
First Lines:
ÞE holy feste of ester comeþ after lenton anon
as oure lord aros fro dethe to liue boþe in flessh & bon…
Last Lines:
…Nou god his holi body þat for vs was y nome
Lete vs so his flessh afong þat we to heuene come
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 69v-70
First Lines:
ÞE holi feste of esterne comeþ after lente a non
As oure lord a ros fro deþ to lyue bope in flesch & bon…
Last Lines:
…God for his holi bodi þat for vs was I nome
Lete vs so his flesch receyue þat we to heuen come
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 51-51v
First Lines:
Þe holy feste of ester comþ after leinte anon
As oure louerd aros fram deþe to lyue boþe in fleiss & bon…
Last Lines:
…Þe ronisons ne comeþ neuere biuore sein markes day
Þer uore we wolleþ of hom telle In þe biginnynge of may
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: 1.134.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College B.6 (28), ff. 82v-83
First Lines:
ÞE holy feste of Ester comyth after lente a non
as oure lord ros fro deþ to lyue boþe in flesch & bon…
Last Lines:
…as on holy þorysday to heuene he gan to styȝe
but ferst holy cherche halt þe feste of þe letanyȝe
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 54-54v
First Lines:
Þe holi fest of Estere comeþ after lente a non
as oure lord aros fram deþp to lyue boþ myd flesche & bon…
Last Lines:
…Now god for his holy body þat for ous was y nome
lete ous so his fleche fange þat we mot to heuene come
Attributed Title: Ester (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 61v-62v
First Lines:
ÞE holy feste of ester comþ after leinte anon
as oure lord aros fram deþ to lyue boþe ffleiss & bon…
Last Lines:
…Þe rouisons ne comeþ neuer by fore sein markes day
þer for we wolleþ of him telle in þe by gynynge of may
Attributed Title: De sancto pascha (f. 61v, by scribe in margin beside first line)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 54v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 133v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 184v
14.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, f. 3v1
First Lines:
After lentoun Aster comes þe holy feste Anon
As Crist ros from deþ to lyf in flessh & in boon…
Last Lines:
…We make vs clene þer aȝeyn ych gode man as he may
Þat we may his flessh resseyve þat ros þat ilke day
Attributed Title: Aster (f. 3v, in margin)
15.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 35v
16.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], f. 63v-64v
First Lines:
The holy fest of Ester comþ after lent anoun
Our lord roos from deth to lyf boþ in flessh & boun…
Last Lines:
…Þat he wil wende to galile and tofore ȝou þerbe
As he hym silf seide ȝou ȝe shul hym þer yse