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There woned in Babylon a bairn in that burgh rich
‘The Pistill of Susan’ (the story of Susannah) — twenty-eight 13-line stanzas (ababababcdddc of alliterative verse
Title(s): ‘The Pistill of Susan’
Subjects: Old Testament, stories from; paraphrases
Versification: — alliteration, thirteen-line — ababababcdddc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 317ra-317vb
First Lines:
Þer was in in Babiloine a bern in þat borw riche
Þat was a Ieuȝ ientil & Ioachim he hiht…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu crist wiþ mylde steuene
Grant us alle þe blisse of heuene Amen.
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:
Amours, François Joseph, ed. Scottish Alliterative Poems in Riming Stanzas. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 27 (1892), 38 (1897); Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1892-1897: 1.177-245.
Ritson, Joseph. The Caledonian Muse. London: Triphook, 1821; orig. printed 1785.
Laing, David. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular and Romance Poetry of Scotland. Edinburgh: 1822; rev. J. Small , Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1885; rev. W. C. Hazlitt , “Early Popular Poetry of Scotland” , London: Reeves and Turner, 1895: 171-83; 1895, 1.45-6.
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Legenden von Celestin und Susanna.” Anglia 1 (1878): 55-101, 390-1: 93-101.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 2. EETS o.s. 117 (1901; repr. 1973): 626-36.
Turville-Petre, Thorlac. Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages. Routledge Medieval English Texts. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1989: 123-39.
Peck, Russell A., ed. Heroic Women from the Old Testament in Middle English Verse. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1991.
Peck, Russell A., ed. The Pistil of Swete Susan. Originally Published in Heroic Women from the Old Testament in Middle English Verse.Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1991.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 22283 [Simeon], ff. 125vb-126rc
First Lines:
ÞEr was in Babiloine a barne in þat borw riche
Þat was a Iueȝ gentel & Ioachim he hiht…
Last Lines:
…God graunt vs þi grace to play vs pertly in þi place
And feiþely þi feire face to se þat is swete Amen
Attributed Title: Here begynneþ A pistel of Susan (f. 125vb, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of British Library MS Add. 22283 (‘Simeon’). 2014; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_MS_22283.
Editions:
Amours, François Joseph, ed. Scottish Alliterative Poems in Riming Stanzas. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 27 (1892), 38 (1897); Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1892-1897: 1.177-245.
3.Source: London, British Library Cotton Caligula A.II, ff. 3-5
First Lines:
…The chyue þe cholet and þe chesboke cheue
The chyboll þe cheueron þat chaungeth at nyght…
Last Lines:
…In þe dayes of danyell
The wytnesse wyll well tell
Of þe same prophete
Note: Wanting stanzas 1-8 due to missing leaves at beginning of volume. Nineteenth-century transcription is London, British Library Egerton 2257, ff. 133-136v. Followed by ‘Explicit’ in lower margin of f. 5.
Attributed Title: Sussan (RT, by scribe); An old english poeme intitled Sussan on þe Story of Susannah & þe 2 Ylders (f. 1, sixteenth-century list of contents)
Editions:
Amours, François Joseph, ed. Scottish Alliterative Poems in Riming Stanzas. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 27 (1892), 38 (1897); Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1892-1897: 1.177-245.
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 62 (1879): 397-442: 406-11.
Peck, Russell A., ed. The Pistil of Swete Susan. Originally Published in Heroic Women from the Old Testament in Middle English Verse.Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1991.
4.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M818 [olim Harmsworth; olim Ingilby], ff. 1-5
First Lines:
Þer woned a berde in babeloyne in þat burgh riche
He was a Jve gentil Joachim he hyht…
Last Lines:
…Þe pystel wittenesse it well
Of þe prophete
Note: Immediately after text in same hand is ‘Qui scripsit carmen sit benedictus Amen’ (f. 5).
Editions:
Amours, François Joseph, ed. Scottish Alliterative Poems in Riming Stanzas. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 27 (1892), 38 (1897); Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1892-1897: 1.177-245.
5.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 114 [olim Phillipps 8252], ff. 184v-190v
First Lines:
Ther was in babyloyn a biern in þat burgh riche
Þat was a Iewe Ientil & Ioachym he hight…
Last Lines:
…Þe pistil witnessiþ it well
Of þe prophete
Attributed Title: Here endith þe storye of Susanne and Danyell (f. 190v)
Editions:
Amours, François Joseph, ed. Scottish Alliterative Poems in Riming Stanzas. 2 vols. Scottish Text Society 27 (1892), 38 (1897); Edinburgh, London: Blackwood, 1892-1897: 1.177-245.
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 74 (1885): 327-68: 339-44.
Köster, Hans. Huchown’s Pistel of swete Susan: kritische Ausgabe. Quellen und Forschungen 76. Strassburg: Trübner, 1895.