Saint Paul was a lither man ere he I-converted were
Life of St. Paul in the South English Legendary —
South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Paul, saint, life of
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924)
, ff. 95-98v
SEyn Poul was aluþer mon ar he conuerted were
of þelond hadde of him gret fere…
…& uor loue of seynt poul was lif ichabbe ised
Bring ous to
þe Ioie of heuene after þat we beþ ded
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567)
, ff. 123v
Seint poul was a leþer man ar he I comwerted were
cristinmen of þe londe hadde of hym gret fere…
…& for þe loue of seint poul whas lif ich habbe I
bryng vs to þe ioye of heuene after þat we beþ
Attributed Title: Sent poul þe postil (f. 123v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS]
, ff. 38ra
…Aȝeyn þe prikke to wince swiþe strong is
Lord quaþ Saul þo what wolton do bi me…
…And for þe loue of seint Poul hos lyf ichaue ised
vs to þe Ioye of heuene aftur þat we ben ded. AMEN. Amen.
Note: Missing lines 1-22.
Doyle, I. A.,
The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng.
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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486)
, ff. 93-93v
SEint powel was a luþer man are he i couerted were
cristine men of þe lond hadden of him gret fere…
…Seint powel to cristinedom cam in þusse manere
graunti for is loue In heuene to ben is fere
Note: Conversion only: 74 lines.
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Pauli (f. 93)
The Early South-English Legendary.
o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 189-92.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596)
, ff. 61va
SEint Poule was a luþer man er he conuerted were
cristen of þe lond of him hadde fere…
…And for þe loue of Seint Poul Whas lif I haue ȝou
Bring vs to þe ioye of heuene Whan þat we beo ded
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039
, ff. 133-135v
Sayn paule was a wicked man & of yvil dede
Al cristen men of
þe lande of hym had mekil drede
ffor he was sterne man & fell &
shame he did ynoghe
To cristen men whore he þaim fande for many one he
…Sayne paule þe gude prechoure þou stalworth goddeȝ
Þou brynge vs in to heuene toure amange þe angelȝ
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145
, ff. 99-102v
Seinte poul was aluþer man ar he iconuerted were
men in þe lond had of him gret fere…
…And for þe loue of sein poul was lif ich habbe
Bringe us to þe ioie of heuene after þat we beoþ
D’Evelyn, Charlotte, and A. J. Mill, eds.
The South English Legendary: Corpus Christi College Cambridge MS. 145
and British Museum MS. Harley 2277, with variants from Bodley MS. Ashmole 43 and
British Museum MS. Cotton Julius D.ix.
o.s. 235 (1959), 236 (1956); repr. 1967: 1.264-74.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344
, pp. 326-328
Seint Poul was a luþer man ar he conuerted were
cristene men in þe lond hadde of him gret ffere…
…Þou smitest him ffor Ihesu crist þat we serueþ
Þo was Nero almost wod ne nom ham atte laste…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to loss of folio(s).
Attributed Title: Paulus (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605)
, ff. 112-115
SEint poule was a luþer man ar he turmentyd were
men of þat londe hadde of hym grete fere…
…& for loue of seint poul wos lyue ic habbe y sede
ous to þe Ioie of heuene after þat we beþ dede
Attributed Title: Paul apostel (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301
, ff. 115-119
SEin poule was a luþer man ar he conuerted were
men of þe londe adde of him grete fere…
…And for þe loue of sein Paul was lyf y have y sed
vs to the Ioye of heuene after þat we beþ ded
Attributed Title: De conuersione Sancti Pauli (f. 115, by scribe in margin beside
first line); Paulus, Paul (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993
, ff. 171-174
Seint Poul was a luþer mon ar he tormented were
Alle cristene men of þe lond hadden of him gret fere…
…And vor loue of seint poul whos lif ich abbe ised
Bringe vs to þe ioie of heuene after þat we beþ ded
Note: Ends ‘Amen’ (f. 174).
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223
, ff. 58v
SAynt Poule was a monquellere er he conuerted were
Alle cristen men
of þe lond douted his encombrere…
…Saynt Poule to cristendome come in þis manere
And god vs
graunte þurȝ his bone to be in heuen his fere
Note: Conversion only.
Attributed Title: Saynt Poule (in margin and RT)