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Betide the time Tiberius
The Gospel of Nicodemus — 1752-1812 lines in stanzas of 12 short lines
Note: For another version, see 242.
Title(s): The Gospel of Nicodemus
Subjects: Christ, life of
Versification: — twelve-line — ababababcdcd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 32578, ff. 116v-140v
First Lines:
It betide þat tyme þat tyberyus
Ruled all Rome with ryalte…
Last Lines:
…Þus fell it in certayne
Of ihesu more and lesse
Note: Variant.
Attributed Title: Explicit Nichodemus de Passione Christi (f. 140v)
2.Source: London, British Library Cotton Galba E.IX, ff. 57va-66vb
First Lines:
BItid þe time Tiberius
rewled Rome with realte
þat same tyme Theodosius
was proued prince in Galile…
Last Lines:
…to won whare welth euer es
God grant vs grace amen
Note: Followed by capitals spelling out ‘AMEN’ on next line.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit euangelium nichodemi (rubric, by scribe, f. 57va)
Editions:
Hulme, William Henry, ed. The Harrowing of Hell and Gospel of Nicodemus. EETS e.s. 100 (1908); repr. 1976: 22-136.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 4196, f. 206ra
Editions:
Hulme, William Henry, ed. The Harrowing of Hell and Gospel of Nicodemus. EETS e.s. 100 (1908); repr. 1976: 22-136.
Horstmann, Carl. “Evangelium Nicodemi in Altschottischer Mundart aus Ms. Harl. 4196 fol. 206 (14. Jhdt.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 53 (1874): 389-424: 391-424.
4.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library Sion College Arc. L.40.2/E.25, ff. 13-38v
First Lines:
Bitid þe tyme þat Tiberius
Reweled rome with realte…
Last Lines:
…Of þame þe southe wille ken
And þus oure endyng es
God gaunte vs grace Amen
Attributed Title: Of þe passioun of Crist Als Wittenes Nichodeme (f. 13)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 68 (1882): 52-73: 207-24.
Hulme, William Henry, ed. The Harrowing of Hell and Gospel of Nicodemus. EETS e.s. 100 (1908); repr. 1976: 22-136.