The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4594
IMEV 2896
NIMEV 2896
Saint Fabian thirteen year pope was in Rome
Lives of SS. Fabian and Sebastian (shorter version, 94 lines) in the South English Legendary — 4 lines (Fabian) and 90 lines (Sebastian), in couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Fabian and Sebastian, saints, lives of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 10va-10vb
First Lines:
SEint ffabian þrettene ȝer Pope was in Roome
He tornde mony a luþer mon in to Cristendoome…
Last Lines:
…Þus þe holy mon Sebastian his lyf Brouhte to ende
And to þe Ioye of heuene from pyne he gon wende
Note: ‘Pope’ in the first line deleted by later hand.
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.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 88v-89v
First Lines:
Seint fabian þrettene ȝer pope was was In rome
He turnede mani men þat luþere were into cristine dome…
Last Lines:
…Þus Seint Sebastian þe holi man is lif brouȝte to ende
And fram þe pine of is liue to þe blisse of heuene he gan i wende
Note: This version begins four lines later than usual, with ‘Telle ichulle of þe holi man Seint Sebastian…’, including the first four lines of this text at the end of 392.
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Legenden des ms. Laud 108.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 4 (1872): 395-414: 405.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 177-8.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 115v-116v
First Lines:
Sayne ffabiane was Pape xiij ȝere in rome
& turnide many a wikked man vnto cristendome
Decnis þat was prince of hethin folke þen
Gart do him to Materdome þerfore & many a cristen man…
Last Lines:
…& þus þis haly man Sebastian in materdom gan ende
To þat blisse þat he is in gode grante þat we may wende
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 42-43
First Lines:
SAynt fabian xiij ȝer pope was in Rome
And turned many a wykked man vnto cristendom…
Last Lines:
…And thus this holy man sebastian his lif in Ioie con end
And wonnes euer in heven god grawnt vs thider to wend
Attributed Title: Saynt fabian (RT)
5.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 53-54v
First Lines:
SAynt ffabian xiij ȝere Pope was in Rome
And turned mony a wicked man vnto cristendome…
Last Lines:
…And þus þis holy mon Sebastian his lyf in ioye con ende
And wones euer in heuen god graunt vs þider to wende
Attributed Title: Saynt ffabyan (RT)