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Eleven thousand of virgins for our Lord I-martyred were
The Eleven Thousand Virgins, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Note: For another version, see 4158.
Title(s): The Eleven Thousand Virgins; South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, f. 172: prose.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 157v-160
First Lines:
Elleue þousend virgines þat vair companye was
Imartred were uor godes loue ichulle ȝou telle þat cas…
Last Lines:
…Nou god ous grante uor is grace þat we mote winne
þe heie Ioie of heuene þat þis maidens beþ Inne
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 195v-197
First Lines:
Ellewe þousen of maydenes þat a fayre compenye was
I marterd weren for cristes loue & wole tellen þat cas…
Last Lines:
…nowȝ god vs graunty for his gras þat we moot awinne
þe hyȝe blisse of heuene þer þis maydenes beþ inne
Attributed Title: Elleue þousend vyrginis (f. 195v)
Editions:
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 54-55v
First Lines:
Endleuene þousend of virgines for ore louerd imartrede were
Telle ichulle of heore martyrdom and ho heom þarto gan lere…
Last Lines:
…Þis Abbod wende him hom aȝein with wel dreorie chere
Nou god us graunti ȝif is wille is þat we moten i winne
Editions:
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 86-92.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 95va-96va
First Lines:
Elleue þousand virgines þat fair companye was
Martired were for godes loue I wile ȝou tell þe cas…
Last Lines:
…Nou god vs graunte for his grace þat we mote wynne
þe heye Ioye of heuen þat þese maydenes beoþ ynne
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
Editions:
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 208.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 115
Editions:
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 17v-20
First Lines:
Elleuen thousand maydyns clene a faire cumpany it was
Hou þei were slayn for goddis lufe I sall ȝou tell þe cas
A kyng þer was of britayn kyng Maure was hiis name
He had a doghter þat hyght Vrse a maidyn of nobull fame…
Last Lines:
…Godd graunte vs for þes mercyis lufe forgyfenes of our synne
And bryng vs al vn to þat blis þat þes maydens er in
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 164-166v
First Lines:
Eftlene þousand uirgines þat fair companie was
Imartred were for godes loue ichelle ȝou telle þat cas…
Last Lines:
…Nou god us granti for is grace þat we mote iwynne
Þe heie ioie of heuene þat þeos maidens beoþ Inne
Editions:
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
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. EETS o.s. 235 (1959), 236 (1956); repr. 1967: 443.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 457-458
First Lines:
…Sory and dreory he was ffor he ne couþe þer of no red
ffor þe kyng of Engelonde was heþene and alle his…
Last Lines:
…[ ] þat þes wordes sede
[ ] ffader ffor to paye
[ ]
[ ] honoure
[ ]e boure
[ ]e rede…
Note: Only four complete lines and ends of twelve more, because most of page torn away.
Attributed Title: XI Milia Virginum (pp. 457, 458, RT)
Editions:
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 248v-250v
First Lines:
Elleuen þousand virgins for godes loue martred were
Telle ic well her marterdom & wo hem þerto gan lere…
Last Lines:
…god ous graunte for his grace þat we moten wynne
Þe hey Ioie of heuene þat þes maidenes beþ Inne
Editions:
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
10.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, ff. 150v-153
First Lines:
Ednleue þousend virgines þat fair compani was
ymartired were for godes loue icholle ȝou telle þat cas…
Last Lines:
…nou god ous graunte for his grace þat we mote wynne
þe heie ioie of heuen þat þis maidens beþ inne
Editions:
Liljegren, S. B. “Four Middle English Versions of the Legend of the Eleven Thousand Virgins.” Englische Studien 57 (1923): 85-112: 98-103.
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 157v
Editions:
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
12.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, ff. 137-139v
First Lines:
Elleue þousend virgines þat fair cumpaignye was
Imartred were for godes loue ich wole telle þat cas…
Last Lines:
…Nou god ous granti for his grace þat we mowe winne
Þe heȝe ioye of heuene þat þis maidenes beoþ inne
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 66-70.
Liljegren, S. B. “Four Middle English Versions of the Legend of the Eleven Thousand Virgins.” Englische Studien 57 (1923): 85-112: 103-8.
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
13.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 29v-32
First Lines:
adleue þousand of virgines þat feir companye was
Imartirid were for godes loue icholle telle þat cas…
Last Lines:
…Nou god vs graunty for is grace þat mot y wynne
þe hye ioyȝe of heuene þat þes maydens beþ inne
Editions:
Liljegren, S. B. “Four Middle English Versions of the Legend of the Eleven Thousand Virgins.” Englische Studien 57 (1923): 85-112: 108-12.
Schubel, Friedrich, ed. Die südenglische Legende von den elftausend Jungfrauen. Greifswalder Beiträge zur Literatur und Stilforschung 21. Greifswald: Dallmeyer, 1928: 151.
14.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 148-150
First Lines:
Elleuen thousand maydens þat faire companye was
Ymartred were for goddis loue I wil telle ȝou þe cas…
Last Lines:
…Nowe god vs graunte for his grace þat we mote wynne
Þe hye Ioye of heuene þat þise maidens ben Inne. Amen.
Attributed Title: De Vndecim milia Virgini (f. 148)