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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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Found Records:
London, Lambeth Palace Library 223
Linguistic note: McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin (1986) and Benskin, Laing, Karaiskos, and Williamson (2013) LP 140; Grid 435 336 (Derbys).
Number 5164-1
1.   f. i   That noble blind Lady Fortune
On the Lady Fortune — four faded lines
Number 1301-18
2.   f. 1r1   Feasts moveable there beth cleped five in the year
South English Legendary
Number 3048-20
3.   ff. 1r2-3v   Lent came there afterward that six week I-lasteth
South English Legendary
Number 5334-14
4.   f. 3v1   The holy feast of Easter cometh after Lent anon
South English Legendary
Number 5261-2
5.   ff. 3v2-4v   The feast of Holy Thursday is both noble and rich
The Feast of the Ascension, in some MSS of the South English Legendary
Number 3127-18
6.   ff. 4v-5   Litany is a song as ye may oft I-see
Letania maior et minor’, in the South English Legendary — 56 lines
Number 6345-9
7.   ff. 5-31   When it cometh in my thought the mickle sorrow and sin
South English Legendary
Number 4622-2
8.   ff. 31-31v   Saint Jerome telleth in his book of fifteen tokening
The Fifteen Signs of Doomsday — twenty-two lines
Number 6690-4
9.   ff. 31v-33   Will ye wit when and how the feast shall be y-held
South English Legendary
Number 376-7
10.   f. 33r1   All that the prophets told while in their prophecy
Lines on the Prophets, used in the South English Legendary as prologue or headlink to a number of legends (4196, 3452, 6380, and 6690) — four or five lines in couplets
Number 6380-9
11.   ff. 33r2-43   When men hear tellen of that they love they haven joy and bliss [When men here tellen of thing þar thai louen Ioie thai]
South English Legendary
Number 1767-1
12.   ff. 43-48   Harken all good men if ye been wise and sly
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, in one MS of the South English Legendary — 364 long lines in couplets
Number 3721-14
13.   ff. 48-49   Now bloweth the fruit that late began to spring
Banna Sanctorum’, in the South English Legendary
Number 6852-17
14.   f. 49   Yearsday the holy feast high day is and good
Feast of the Circumcision in the South English Legendary
Number 6086-16
15.   ff. 49-49v   Twelfth day the high feast noble is to hold
Epiphany in the South English Legendary
Number 4614-16
16.   ff. 49v-50v   Saint Hilary the holy man of Aquitaine was
Life of St. Hilary in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4773-19
17.   ff. 50v-53   Saint Wulfstan of Worcester was here of England
Life of St. Wulfstan in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4594-5
18.   ff. 53-54v   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 4532-18
19.   ff. 54v-56   Saint Agnes that holy maid well young she began
Life of St. Agnes in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4772-18
20.   ff. 56-58v   Saint Vincent in Spain to a Christian bishop came
Life of St. Vincent in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4745-16
21.   ff. 58v-59v   Saint Paul was a lither man ere he I-converted were
Life of St. Paul in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4651-18
22.   ff. 59v-60   Saint Julian the confessor was I-bore at Rome
Life of St. Julian the Confessor in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4652-20
23.   ff. 60-62   Saint Julian the good harbinger of noble kind come
Life of St. Julian Hosteler in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4570-3
24.   ff. 62-63   Saint Bridget of high men in Scotland she came
Life of St. Bridget (shorter version) in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4565-18
25.   ff. 63-65v   Saint Blase well clean life led without any hore
Life of St. Blase in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4530-17
26.   ff. 65v-67   Saint Agatha the good maid in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Agatha in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4653-16
27.   ff. 67v-71   Saint Juliana come of high men as we find I-writ
Life of St. Juliana in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4728-18
28.   f. 70v   Saint Matthias Apostle is as ye shullen all I-wite
Life of St. Matthias in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4740-17
29.   ff. 71-74   Saint Oswald the bishop was I-bore in England
Life of St. Oswald the Bishop in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4573-13
30.   ff. 74-75   Saint Chad the good man was born of England
Life of St. Chad in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4609-18
31.   ff. 75-76v   Saint Gregory the confessor in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Gregory in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4742-20
32.   ff. 76v-84v   Saint Patrick came through Gods grace to preach in Ireland
Life of St. Patrick (with his Purgatory) in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4590-17
33.   ff. 84v-87   Saint Edward the young martyr was king of England
Life of St. Edward the Elder in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4579-19
34.   ff. 87-88v   Saint Cuthbert was I-bore here in England
Life of St. Cuthbert in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4560-3
35.   ff. 88v-90   Saint Benedict led holy life that was so holy man
A variant of the Life of St. Benedict in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4702-21
36.   ff. 90-94   Saint Mary Egyptian in Egypt was I-bore
Life of St. Mary of Egypt in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4603-20
37.   ff. 94-95v   Saint George the holy man as we findeth I-write
Life of St. George in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4697-18
38.   ff. 95v-96   Saint Mark the holy gospeller wide went a-land
Life of St. Mark in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4752-19
39.   ff. 96-97v   Saint Philip and Saint Jacob apostles weren tway
Lives of SS. Philip and James in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 5339-20
40.   ff. 97v-100   The Holy Rood the sweet tree right is to have in mind
The ‘Early History’ of the Cross in the South English Legendary
Number 133-17
41.   ff. 100-102   A noble emperor come sith that hight Constantine
The Invention of the Cross, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 4754-16
42.   ff. 102-102v   Saint Quiriac that bishop was preached Gods law
Life of St. Quiriac in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4613-2
43.   ff. 102v-105v   Saint Helena was in Britain born and comen of high kindred
Life of St. Helena in two MSS of the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4634-22
44.   ff. 105v-112v   Saint John the evangelist that Apostle is
Life of St. John the Evangelist in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4567-15
45.   ff. 112v-122v   Saint Brendan the holy man was here of our land
Life of St. Brendan in the South English Legendary — 738 lines in couplets
Number 4584-21
46.   ff. 122v-124v   Saint Dunstan was of England I-come of good more
Life of St. Dunstan in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4545-16
47.   ff. 124v-126   Saint Barnabas the apostle that good was & hende
Life of St. Barnabas in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4534-16
48.   ff. 126-127v   Saint Alban the holy man was here of England
Life of St. Alban in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4749-16
49.   ff. 127v-132   Saint Peter was with our Lord of all Apostles highest
Life of St. Peter in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4657-2
50.   ff. 132-134v   Saint Kenelm in England was I-come of good strain
A variant of the Life of St. Kenelm in the South English Legendary
Number 4688-17
51.   ff. 133v-137v   Saint Margaret the holy maid and good
Life of St. Margaret in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4928-3
52.   ff. 137v-145   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 4620-17
53.   ff. 145-150   Saint James the holy Apostle good is to have in mone
Life of St. James the Great in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4576-16
54.   ff. 150-153   Saint Christopher was a Saracen in the land of Canaan
Life of St. Christopher in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4528-6
55.   ff. 153v-154v   Saint Aethelwold the bishop in England was I-bore
Life of St. Aethelwold in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4583-6
56.   ff. 155-159   Saint Dominic the holy friar in Spain was I-bore
Life of St. Dominic in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4659-17
57.   ff. 159-161v   Saint Lawrence good man was and in strong Martyrdom
Life of St. Lawrence in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4615-10
58.   ff. 161v-163   Saint Hippolytus the martyr knight was of great honour
Life of St. Hippolytus in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4547-14
59.   ff. 163-166   Saint Bartholomew the holy man of kings blood
Life of St. Bartholomew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 5338-17
60.   ff. 166-169   The holy Rood that was I-found as thee wit in May
The ‘Exaltation’ of the Cross in the South English Legendary
Number 4719-14
61.   ff. 169-171   Saint Matthew the Evangelist apostle he was Iwis
Life of St. Matthew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 5451-22
62.   f. 171   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 4732-19
63.   ff. 171-172v   Saint Michael the Archangel and his fellows also
Legend of St. Michael in the South English Legendary, Part I — couplets
Number 4731-19
64.   ff. 172v-181   Saint Michael in November hath yet another day
Part II of ‘St. Michael’ in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4623-15
65.   ff. 181-183   Saint Jerome was swithe good clerk and wise through all thing
Life of St. Jerome in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4660-12
66.   ff. 183-183v   Saint Leger a bishop was and holy man enough
Life of St. Leger in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4597-11
67.   ff. 183v-190   Saint Francis the friar minor that was good man enough
Life of St. Francis in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4595-9
68.   ff. 190v-191v   Saint Faith that holy maid of swith high men she came
Life of St. Faith in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4582-13
69.   ff. 191v-194   Saint Denis was in the old law pagan as other were
Life of St. Denis in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4675-14
70.   ff. 194-195   Saint Luke the Evangelist none apostle nas
Life of St. Luke in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4758-15
71.   ff. 195-198   Saint Simon and Saint Jude two brethren were
Lives of SS. Simon and Jude in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4753-12
72.   ff. 198-200   Saint Quintin the martyr of the country was of Rome
Life of St. Quintin in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 333-14
73.   ff. 200-202   All hallowen day we holden one time in the year
All Saints Day, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Number 4258-1
74.   ff. 202-205   On all souls day men shall let sing and read
All Souls’ Day, in one MS of the South English Legendary
Number 4661-12
75.   ff. 205-207   Saint Leonard the confessor aland yode here
Life of St. Leonard in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4699-16
76.   ff. 207v-211   Saint Martin was I-bore in the land of Sabaria
Life of St. Martin in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4569-11
77.   ff. 211-212   Saint Brice with Saint Martin was his deacon on earth here
Life of St. Brice in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4587-15
78.   ff. 212-220   Saint Edmund the Confessor that lieth at Pountney
Life of St. Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4588-13
79.   ff. 220-221v   Saint Edmund the holy king I-bore was here by east
Life of St. Edmund the King in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4572-12
80.   ff. 221v-225   Saint Cecilia of noble kind I-bore was at Rome
Life of St. Cecilia in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4577-17
81.   ff. 225-232v   Saint Clement was I-bore at Rome by old daw
Life of St. Clement in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4656-16
82.   ff. 232v-237   Saint Katherine of noble kin came by old daw
Life of St. Katharine of Alexandria in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4540-14
83.   ff. 237-240   Saint Andrew the apostle was Saint Peters brother
Life of St. Andrew in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4737-18
84.   ff. 240-247v   Saint Nicholas the holy man that good confessor was
Life of St. Nicholas in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4663-16
85.   ff. 247v-250   Saint Lucy that holy maid in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Lucy in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4767-17
86.   ff. 250-256   Saint Thomas the good Apostle I-martyred was in Inde
Life of St. Thomas the Apostle in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4762-18
87.   ff. 256-257v   Saint Stephen was a Jew and of Jews he came
Life of St. Stephen in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 6687-5
88.   ff. 257v-290v   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 4764-5
89.   ff. 290v-191v   Saint Sylvester pope was the first that there came
Life of St. Sylvester in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 4592-13
90.   ff. 291v-296   Saint Eustace the noble knight of heathen law was
Life of St. Eustace in the South English Legendary — couplets
Number 6369-10
91.   f. 296   When life is most loved and death is most hated
‘Erthe upon Erthe’