The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 173
All christian people listen and hear
Passio Sancti Erasmi’ — 172 lines in couplets (including a Prologue of 38 lines)
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 113.
Title(s): Passio Sancti Erasmi
Subjects: Erasmus, saint, passion of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 34 (SC 14528), ff. 6ra-7ra
First Lines:
All crystyn folk ye lestyn and here
off a holy bysschop and a martyre…
Last Lines:
…To wich Ioye & blyss almyȝtty god bryng us
Thorgh help of þis holy man seynt Erasmus
Attributed Title: Explicitt pascio sancti Erasmi (f. 7ra)
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 295-296v
First Lines:
Alle cristen folk ȝe listen & lere
Of an holy buschop & a martere
Whos name is clepid seynt Erasmus…
Last Lines:
…to which ioye & blis good god bring vs
Þorw help of þis holy man seynt erasmus
Note: Ne voceat spasmus michi me iuuet almus erasmus / O sacer erasme meritis precibus quod regas me’ (as both heading and colophon, ff. 295, 296v).
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 62 (1879): 397-442: 414-16.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 36983 [olim Bedford Public Library], ff. 279v-280ra
First Lines:
All cristen folke ȝe listen And lere
Of an holy buysshop & a martere…
Last Lines:
…Þe name of þe fyrst was callid dioclician
And þe seund was callid maximian
Note: Lines 1-50 only.
Horstmann, Carl. Sammlung altenglischer Legenden. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1878: 201.
4.Source: London, British Library Harley 1671, f. 1*
First Lines:
Of synt herassimus here may A man rede
What ioye he may haue and what mede…
Last Lines:
…that ys the blysse of heuene þat neuer schall ende
god yeue ous alle grace þedre to wende
Note: Prologue only, beginning at line 5. Written as prose.
5.Source: London, British Library Harley 2382, ff. 109-111
First Lines:
All Cristen peple listeneth ye & here
Of an holi bisshop and a martire…
Last Lines:
…To which ioy and blisse good god bryng vs
thurgh help of þis holy man seynt Crasmus
Note: Scribe writes ‘amen’ below and to right of final line; then these Latin verses: ‘Non noceat facmus / in me innet almus Crasmus / O sacer Crasme / meritis precibusque regas me / Explicit’ (f. 111).
Attributed Title: de sancto Erasmo martire (f. 109)
Horstmann, Carl. Sammlung altenglischer Legenden. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1878: 198-200.
6.Source: London, British Library Royal 8 C.XII, f. 2
First Lines:
Alle crystyn men lystent and hyre
of an holy byschope & a martyr…
Last Lines:
…the blys that schall neuer shall ende
god ȝeve vs grace thedyr to wende
Note: Written as prose. Prologue only.