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By Herodes day the king a priest was of good life
The Expanded Nativity, a revision of a portion of 6380 — 897 long-line couplets
Subjects: Christ, birth of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 22-23v
Note: Extract, 156 lines corresponding to vv. 219-372 with an added final couplet.
2.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, ff. 30-40
First Lines:
Bi eroudes day þe king a prest was of god lif
þat Zakarie was ihote and elisabeþ is wif…
Last Lines:
…Phelip hedde al iturie heroudes galile
And lisanie abiline and pilatus Iude
Note: Follows 4178 as if a continuation.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden. Paderborn: F. Schoningh, 1875: 81-109.
Pickering, Oliver S. “The Temporale Narratives of the South English Legendary.” Anglia 91 (1973): 425-55: 439.