The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 3721
IMEV 2304
NIMEV 2304
Now bloweth the fruit that late began to spring
Banna Sanctorum’, in the South English Legendary
Title(s): South English Legendary ; ‘Banna Sanctorum
Subjects: saints
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
NOu blometh þe nuwe frute þat late bigan to sprynge
þat to his kynde heritage mankynde shal brynge…
Last Lines:
…þat suffred wikked men al quyk her lymes to tere
Telle i wil bi rowe of hem as her daies falle in þe ȝeere
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 9rb1
First Lines:
Now bloweþ þis newe fruyt þat late bigon to springe
Þat to his kuynde heritage monkunne schal bringe…
Last Lines:
…ffurst biginne at ȝeres day for þat is þe furste feste
And fro on to oþur so arowe þe while þe ȝer wol leste
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.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 2ra-2va
First Lines:
NOW bloweyȝ þe newe frut
Þat late bygan to spriynge
Þat to his kynde eritage
Mannekynde shal brynge…
Last Lines:
…ffirst bygynneȝ at ȝeresday
ffor þat is þe firste feste
And fro on to oþere by rowe
Whiles þe ȝer will leste
Note: Written in half-lines because in two columns.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
NOw bloweth þe frut þat late began to springe
That to his kynde heritage man kynde schal bringe…
Last Lines:
…ffirst begynneþ þe ȝeris dai for it is þe firste feste
And so from on to oþer whil þe ȝer wil laste
5.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 2-3
First Lines:
now bi gunneþ þat nywe frut þat late gan to spri[ fore-edge ]
Þat to oure kunde heritage mankunde schal bryng…
Last Lines:
…furst bygunne at ȝeres day for þat is þe furste feste
amp; fro on to an oþer þe wile þe ȝer wole leste
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 111v-112
First Lines:
Now blomeȝ þis new froyte þat late began to springe
Þat to his kynde Eritagh al mankinde sal brynge…
Last Lines:
…Cristendam vs aght to lufe þat so dere was boght
With þe herte blode of ihesu criste þat þe spere to soght
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
Nou blouweþ þe niwe frut þat late bygan to springe
þat to is kunde eritage mankunne schel bringe…
Last Lines:
…Verst bygynneþ at ȝeresday for þat is þe uerste feste
And fram onto oþer so areng þe wile þe ȝer wol leste
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 37-37v
First Lines:
…And thes oþer martirs ek that our lordes knyȝtes wer
That shedd her blod for cristendom that it no peryshed nere…
Last Lines:
…ffirst begynne at ȝeres day for that is the first fest
And from oon to other so on rew whil the ȝer wil lest
Note: Begins imperfectly due to loss of folios,
Attributed Title: Bannarer (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 97-99
First Lines:
Now bloweþ þis nywe ffrute þat late by gun to sprynge
Þat to his kynde heritage mankyn shal bringe…
Last Lines:
…ffurst by gunne at nywe ȝeres day ffor þat is þe fferste [ ] ffeste
And ffram on to oþer a rewe þe while þe ȝer wole yleste
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 25-25v
First Lines:
Now bloweþ þe nywe frut þat late by gan to springe
Þat to his kunde eritage mankunde schal brynge…
Last Lines:
…furst by gynneþ at ȝeresday for hit is þe furst feste
& fram on to anoþer so aronk þe wile þe ȝere wole leste
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 6-6v
First Lines:
Nou bloweþ þe newe frut þat late by gan to sprynge
þat to is kunde heritage man kunne sscal brynge…
Last Lines:
…Ferst by gynneþ at ȝeres day for þat is þe ferste feste
And fram on to oþer so a rewe þe wyle þe ȝere wol yleste
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 1
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 41
14.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 48-49
First Lines:
NOw bloes þe newe fruyt þat late bigan to springe
Þat to his kynde heritage men shal bringe…
Last Lines:
…ffirste biginne at ȝeres day for þat is þe first feste
And from oon to oþer so on a rowe þe whyle þe ȝere wole leste
Attributed Title: Bauma (RT)