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IMEV 483
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Before six days of Easter on Palm Sunday eve / Jesu came
‘The Southern Passion’, in several MSS of the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: Cf. 3766, 3767. Earlier editions of Brown and Robbins (1943) treated section headings of this work as separate entries (e.g., 126, 396, 409, 443, 578, 719); for a discussion of reasons for their deletion see Pickering (1973), 443, n. 36.
Title(s): South English Legendary ; ‘Southern Passion’
Subjects: Christ, Passion of; Passion
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), ff. 84v-96v
Note: 1003 lines.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 25v-41; 171-172v
First Lines:
After two dawes ȝe wete wel þat ester schal come
Whan goddes son schold be I take to gewes & ek I nome…
Last Lines:
…lord as þou fulfildist þy postlis wit þe holygost in erþe so
so fulfille vs here in erþe to heuin þat we streyȝt go
Note: Several texts (1546, 5334, 2105, 2106, 2120, 2647, 5809) that follow this treated as part of this in that no separate headings for them; altogether 1673 lines.
Attributed Title: Passion of crist (f. 25v); þe hiȝe feste of Whitsonetyd (f. 172)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 19va3-27rb
First Lines:
BI fore six dayes of Aster as a palmesone eue
Ihesu com to Betanye þer to bi leue…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe swete Crois þat þou weore onne i do
Bring vs to þe ioye of heuene þat þou vs bouhtest to. A.M.E.N.
Note: 5809 treated separately (fols. 25vb-26ra) but probably should be regarded as a subsection of 787.
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 Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 48v-80
First Lines:
Before vi daies of esterne as a palm son eue
Ihesu cam to bethame þere to be leue…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu for þi swete cros þat þou were onne I do
Bringe vs to þe ioye of heuen þat þou vs bouȝtist to
Note: 2616 lines; break between this text and the heading of the Resurrectio comes 24 lines earlier in this MS than usual, thus ending, ‘pour seint siluester þe pope þat oure lordis bodi also / Schal be saccid up þe auter and in pur lyne cloþ I do’ (f. 69)
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 7-22v
First Lines:
By fore sixe dayes of ester as a Palm son eue
Ihesu com to Bethanye þere to by leue…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu for þe swete crois þat þu were on y do
Bringe vs to þe ioye of heuene þat þu vs boȝtest to
Note: 1588 lines; break between this text and the heading of the Resurrectio comes 12 lines later in this MS than usual, thus ending, ‘Ac hol by leuede his þrow and noþyng vndo / I hol by leuede his moder wombe þo he was ybore al so’ (f. 14v); written as stanzas of six, aabbcc.
Attributed Title: passio domini (f. 7 and RT)
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ff.5.48, ff. 87v-92v
First Lines:
Be for sex days of paske at palme sounday it is
Ihesu sum to bethany to duell þer I wis…
Last Lines:
…Þat wos broȝt to to cristendome þat sprede a boute full wide
Ȝet sais oure lorde to þe Iwes in þis ilke tide…
Note: Imperfect at end due to lost folios 93 and 94 (cut out of MS)
Attributed Title: De Euandeliis aut sex dies passe (f. 87v)
Editions:
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 238-48.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College 13, Part II, ff. 3-32
First Lines:
Bi fore six dayes of estar as a palm sonne eue
Ihesu wente to bethanye þer to bi leue…
Last Lines:
…Now ihesu for þe swete crois þat þou were on y do
Bring to þe blisse of heuene þat þou vs bouȝtest to
Note: 2549 lines
Editions:
Downing, Janay Young A., ed. “A Critical Edition of Cambridge University MS Ff.5.48.” 2 vols. Diss. University of Washington, 1969: 238-48.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 183-237
First Lines:
By ffore six dayes of Ester as a palme sone eue
Iesus wente to Bethanye þere to by leue…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu ffor þe swete croys þat þou were on ydo
Bryng vs to þe blisse of heuene þat þou vs bouȝtest to
Note: 2546 lines
Attributed Title: Ewangelium in quadragesime (RT); Passio domini in Ewangelium dicatur (RT); Assencio domini (RT); Pentecoste (RT)
Editions:
Brown, Beatrice Daw, ed. The Southern Passion, Pepysian MS. 2344 EETS o.s. 169 (1927); repr. 1987.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 187(???)v-188
Transcription:
…& now many goud men doþ also precheþ aboute lome
Ac of prechyng hit worþ nede or þe day of dome
Note: Imperfect beginning
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Vespasian A.III, ff. 92ra-93rb
First Lines:
Beside þe cros stode his mod
Þat was ful of woo…
Last Lines:
…His body bode be taken don
For þe fest os i saide ere
Note: An extract inserted in the text of Cursor Mundi.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Cursor Mundi. EETS o.s. 57 (1874); repr. 1961; 59 (1875); repr. 1966; 62 (1876); repr. 1966; 66 (1877); repr. 1966; 68 (1878); repr. 1966; 101 (1893); repr. 1962: 956-65.
Brown, Beatrice Daw, ed. The Southern Passion, Pepysian MS. 2344 EETS o.s. 169 (1927); repr. 1987: 55-61.
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, ff. 40-57r
Note: 1413 lines
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, ff. 4-26
Note: Incomplete (1645 lines), twelve leaves missing between ff. 11 and 12
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild. “The Cursor Mundi and the ‘Southern Passion’.” Modern Language Notes 26 (1911): 15-18: 15-18.
13.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 42v-72
First Lines:
Tofore .vj. daies of Ester as on palmsoun eve
Thus came to Betanye þer to bileve…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesu for þe swete croys þat þou were on ydo
Bring vs to þe Ioy of heuene þat þou hem brouȝtest to. Amen.
Note: Incorporates Easter (5334), ff. 63v-64; omits lines 427-530, 729-46, 1837-1016.