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Found Records:
Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486)
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) 1.149 (Gloucs, East Anglia: part III, ff. 228v to end [‘The language is mixed, and suggests a western (probably Gloucs) original, with an East Anglian overlay’]); Laing and Lass (2007) Index # 1600; Grid 429 221 (W Oxon: Entry 1, Hand A, ff. 1-10v, 11-22, 23-198, 198r-v, 199-200); Index # 282; Grid 556 280 (Isle of Ely, Cambs: Entry 2, Hand B, ff. 200v-203v); Index # 285; Grid 554 300 (W Norfolk: Entry 3, Hand C, ff. 204-219v, 219v-228).
Number 4633-1
1.   ff. 1-10v   Saint John the Baptist in wilderness
South English Legendary
Number 2605-1
2.   ff. 11ra-22rb   In the honorance of sweet Jesu
The Apocryphal History of the Infancy — 1854 lines
Number 5337-1
3.   ff. 23-29v   The Holy Rood I-found was as I you now may tell
Sancta Crux, a composite text combining separate pieces in the South English Legendary as follows: lines 5-126 = ‘Invention of the Cross’, lines 21-142; lines 135-334 = ‘Early History’, lines 3-204; lines 335-354 = ‘Invention’, lines 1-20; lines 357-390 = ‘St. Quiriac’, lines 1-24; lines 391-518 = ‘Exaltation’, lines 1-128; lines 519-614 = ‘Miracles’ of the Cross.
Number 4584-5
4.   f. 29v   Saint Dunstan was of England I-come of good more
Life of St. Dunstan in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4584-7
5.   ff. 29v-30*   Saint Dunstan was of England I-come of good more
Life of St. Dunstan in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4543-5
6.   ff. 31-31v   Saint Augustine that Christendom brought into England
Life of St. Augustine of Canterbury in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4545-4
7.   ff. 31v-32v   Saint Barnabas the apostle that good was & hende
Life of St. Barnabas in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4647-4
8.   ff. 32v-34   Saint John was the best bairn the holy baptist
Life of St. John the Baptist in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4620-4
9.   ff. 34-38   Saint James the holy Apostle good is to have in mone
Life of St. James the Great in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4741-4
10.   f. 38v   Saint Oswald the holy king of the one end of England
Life of St. Oswald the King in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4590-1
11.   ff. 39-41v   Saint Edward the young martyr was king of England
Life of St. Edward the Elder in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4597-3
12.   ff. 41v-46v   Saint Francis the friar minor that was good man enough
Life of St. Francis in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4534-4
13.   ff. 46v-47v   Saint Alban the holy man was here of England
Life of St. Alban in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4773-5
14.   ff. 48-50v   Saint Wulfstan of Worcester was here of England
Life of St. Wulfstan in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4719-3
15.   ff. 50v-52   Saint Matthew the Evangelist apostle he was Iwis
Life of St. Matthew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4660-4
16.   ff. 52-52v   Saint Leger a bishop was and holy man enough
Life of St. Leger in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4595-2
17.   ff. 52v-54   Saint Faith that holy maid of swith high men she came
Life of St. Faith in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 1184-3
18.   ff. 54-55v   Eleven thousand of virgins for our Lord I-martyred were
The Eleven Thousand Virgins, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 4656-4
19.   ff. 56-59   Saint Katherine of noble kin came by old daw
Life of St. Katharine of Alexandria in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4663-4
20.   ff. 59-60v   Saint Lucy that holy maid in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Lucy in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 6687-2
21.   ff. 61-87v   Will ye not I-hear this English tale that is here I-write
The Life of St. Thomas of Canterbury, beginning with the story of Gilbert, father of St. Thomas, in the South English Legendary
Number 4768-2
22.   ff. 87v-88   Saint Thomas the holy man under the earth lay
The Translation of St. Thomas of Canterbury — seventy-four lines (appendix to the Life of St. Thomas in the South English Legendary)
Number 392-1
23.   ff. 88-88v   All this book is I-maked of holy days and of holy mans lives
A General Prologue in one MS of the South English Legendary, with special mention of ‘ȝeres day’ and Epiphany — twenty-six lines
Number 4594-2
24.   ff. 88v-89v   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
Number 4532-5
25.   f. 89v   Saint Agnes that holy maid well young she began
Life of St. Agnes in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4772-5
26.   ff. 91-93   Saint Vincent in Spain to a Christian bishop came
Life of St. Vincent in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4745-4
27.   ff. 93-93v   Saint Paul was a lither man ere he I-converted were
Life of St. Paul in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4570-1
28.   ff. 93v-94v   Saint Bridget of high men in Scotland she came
Life of St. Bridget (shorter version) in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4530-4
29.   ff. 94v-96   Saint Agatha the good maid in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Agatha in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4756-3
30.   ff. 96-96v   Saint Scholastica that holy maid she was of clean life
Life of St. Scholastica in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4742-5
31.   ff. 96v-104   Saint Patrick came through Gods grace to preach in Ireland
Life of St. Patrick (with his Purgatory) in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4567-4
32.   ff. 104-110   Saint Brendan the holy man was here of our land
Life of St. Brendan in the South English Legendary — 738 lines in couplets
Number 4737-4
33.   ff. 111-115v   Saint Nicholas the holy man that good confessor was
Life of St. Nicholas in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4651-5
34.   ff. 115v-116   Saint Julian the confessor was I-bore at Rome
Life of St. Julian the Confessor in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4652-5
35.   ff. 116-117   Saint Julian the good harbinger of noble kind come
Life of St. Julian Hosteler in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4702-6
36.   ff. 117v-121v   Saint Mary Egyptian in Egypt was I-bore
Life of St. Mary of Egypt in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4576-4
37.   ff. 121v-124   Saint Christopher was a Saracen in the land of Canaan
Life of St. Christopher in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4583-3
38.   ff. 124-1279v   Saint Dominic the holy friar in Spain was I-bore
Life of St. Dominic in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 5554-1
39.   ff. 128-130   Theophilus was a swith great man and good clerk he was also
Theophilus, in the South English Legendary
Number 4603-5
40.   ff. 130-131   Saint George the holy man as we findeth I-write
Life of St. George in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4588-3
41.   ff. 131-132   Saint Edmund the holy king I-bore was here by east
Life of St. Edmund the King in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4732-5
42.   ff. 132-133   Saint Michael the Archangel and his fellows also
Legend of St. Michael in the South English Legendary, Part I — couplets
Number 4731-4
43.   f. 132   Saint Michael in November hath yet another day
Part II of ‘St. Michael’ in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 5451-3
44.   ff. 136v-141   The right pit of hell is amid the earth within
A collection of pseudo-scientific material incorporated as Part III in the legend of St. Michael
Number 4577-4
45.   ff. 141-147   Saint Clement was I-bore at Rome by old daw
Life of St. Clement in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4659-5
46.   ff. 147-149   Saint Lawrence good man was and in strong Martyrdom
Life of St. Lawrence in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4658-3
47.   ff. 149-153   Saint Kenelm the young king that holy martyr is
Life of St. Kenelm in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4609-5
48.   ff. 153-154v   Saint Gregory the confessor in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Gregory in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4579-5
49.   ff. 154v-155v   Saint Cuthbert was I-bore here in England
Life of St. Cuthbert in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4697-5
50.   ff. 155v-156   Saint Mark the holy gospeller wide went a-land
Life of St. Mark in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4752-5
51.   ff. 156-157   Saint Philip and Saint Jacob apostles weren tway
Lives of SS. Philip and James in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4547-4
52.   ff. 157v-160v   Saint Bartholomew the holy man of kings blood
Life of St. Bartholomew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4767-4
53.   ff. 161-165v   Saint Thomas the good Apostle I-martyred was in Inde
Life of St. Thomas the Apostle in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4728-6
54.   ff. 165v-166   Saint Matthias Apostle is as ye shullen all I-wite
Life of St. Matthias in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4764-1
55.   ff. 166-167   Saint Sylvester pope was the first that there came
Life of St. Sylvester in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4592-3
56.   ff. 167-169v   Saint Eustace the noble knight of heathen law was
Life of St. Eustace in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4634-7
57.   ff. 169v-174   Saint John the evangelist that Apostle is
Life of St. John the Evangelist in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 333-3
58.   ff. 174-175   All hallowen day we holden one time in the year
All Saints Day, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 362-3
59.   ff. 175-179v   All souls day on earth right is to hold high
All Souls’ Day in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 4587-3
60.   ff. 179v-188   Saint Edmund the Confessor that lieth at Pountney
Life of St. Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4699-3
61.   ff. 185-189   Saint Martin was I-bore in the land of Sabaria
Life of St. Martin in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4661-3
62.   ff. 188-190   Saint Leonard the confessor aland yode here
Life of St. Leonard in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4928-1
63.   ff. 190-197   Sly men and egleche and of redes wise and bold
Life of St. Mary Magdalene according to some MSS of the South English Legendary
Number 4615-5
64.   ff. 197-198   Saint Hippolytus the martyr knight was of great honour
Life of St. Hippolytus in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 5215-3
65.   ff. 198ra-199rb   The blessing of heaven king
The Sayings of St. Bernard
Number 4814-1
66.   ff. 199rb-200vb   Seven days are that men call / The Sunday is the best of all
The Vision of St. Paul — 252 lines in 6-line stanzas
Number 605-3
67.   ff. 200v-203v   As I lay in a winters night / In a darkening before the day
‘þe disputisoun betwen þe bodi and þe soule’ — 61 to 74 eight-line stanzas (abababab) sometimes written as quatrains with medial rhyme
Number 1795-1
68.   ff. 204ra-219va   Harkeneth to me good man
The Lay of Havelok the Dane — 3001 lines in couplets
Number 312-1
69.   ff. 219va-228rb   All been he blithe / that to my song Lithe
The geste of King Horn — in couplets
Number 4565-5
70.   ff. 228v-230v   Saint Blase well clean life led without any hore
Life of St. Blase in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4572-3
71.   ff. 230v-233v   Saint Cecilia of noble kind I-bore was at Rome
Life of St. Cecilia in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4923-2
72.   ff. 233v-237ra   Sitteth still withouten strife
Life of St. Alexis — in 6-line stanzas (earlier version)
Number 6125-1
73.   f. 237   Upon a summer Sunday see I the sun
’Somer Soneday’ — 133 lines in 13-line stanzas alternating with ‘Versus’ of 8 short lines
Number 807-1
74.   f. 238   Behold marvels a maid is mother
Attributes of the Virgin and Christ — two couplets
Number 270-1
75.   f. 238v   Alas deceit that in trust is now
On Deceit — one 8-line stanza
Number 779-1
76.   f. 238v   Be thou not too bold to blame / Lest thou be found the same
Moral precepts — one quatrain
Number 835-2
77.   f. 238v   Better is to suffer and fortune abide
The Golden Mean — a couplet
Number 1833-1
78.   f. 238v   He is wise and well taught / that bears a horn and blows it not
Precepts against boasting — a single couplet translating ‘doctus portare nonit cornu neque flare’, which follows