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A noble emperor come sith that hight Constantine
The Invention of the Cross, in the South English Legendary — in couplets
Note: This is incorporated in the Laud poem, Sancta Crux — see 3387.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Cross, Invention of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 66-68
First Lines:
A noble emperour þus com seþþe þat het constantyn
In batail he was so muche þat þus nas of no fyn…
Last Lines:
…Quiriac þonkede oure lord crist wiþ gret Ioie he is nom
& tok hem eleyne þe gode quene þo he to hire com
Attributed Title: Constantyne þe Emperore (f. 66)
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion, and Cross-Poems. EETS o.s. 46 (1871); repr. 1973: 36-47.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 146v-147v
First Lines:
A noble emperour com syþ þat het constauntin
In batayle he was so moche þat nas of no fyn…
Last Lines:
…vs so werie with þe rode þe fendes fonding wit stonde
boþe by nyȝt & by daye a water & ek alonde
Note: Heading comes at top of page, 146v, with last four lines of 5339 after it; though large decorated initial comes at beginning of this text.
Attributed Title: Þe finding of þe þre rodis (f. 146v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 29va-30ra
First Lines:
Seoþþe þer com an Emperour þat het Constantyn
In werre and batayle he was so muche þat þer nas no fyn…
Last Lines:
…Þat heo bi sechen God for vs þat on þe Roode schedde his blood
Þat we mote to þe ioye of heuene come þat is so swete and god. Am[en].
Facsimiles:
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.
Editions:
Morris, Richard, ed. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion, and Cross-Poems. EETS o.s. 46 (1871); repr. 1973: 36-47.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 45ra-45va
First Lines:
A Noble emperour com sithe þat het constantin
In bataill he was so michel þat þer was of no fin…
Last Lines:
…Quiriak þanked oure lord crist with gret Ioye he hem nom
& tok hem Eleyne þe gode quen þo he to hire com
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 97-99
First Lines:
A noble emperour þere cam siþe þat hiȝte constantin
In bataile he was so meche þat þer was þer of no fyn…
Last Lines:
…Quiryak þankid oure lord & wiþ gret ioye hem nom
And tok hem elene þe goode quen þo he þider com
Note: No large initial to indicate beginning of text; follows as if part of 5339.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 37-38v
First Lines:
A noble emperour þer com suþþe þat het Constantyn
In bataille he was so moche þat þer nas of no fyn…
Last Lines:
…Quiriake þonkede oure lord crist with gret ioye he hem nom
And tok hem Elene þe guode Quene þo he to here com
Attributed Title: Inuencio crucis (RT, ff. 37-38v)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 65v-67
First Lines:
A Noble emperor þer com suþþe þat het constantin
In bataille he was so muche þat þer nas of no fin…
Last Lines:
…Quiriac þonkede oure louerd crist wiþ gret ioie he is nom
And tok is Eleine þe gode quene þo he to hure com
Editions:
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: 174.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 269-272
First Lines:
A Noble Emperour þer com suþþe þat het Constantyn
In Batayle he was so goed þat þer of nas no ffyn…
Last Lines:
…Quyriak þonkede oure lord crist wiþ gret ioye he ham nom
And to þe queene he ham tok anon so he to hure com
Attributed Title: Inuencio Sancte Crucis (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 92-93v
First Lines:
A noble emperour com suþþe þat hete constantyn
In bataile he was so muche þer nas þerof no fyn…
Last Lines:
…quyrac þonkyd oure lord with Ioie he hem nome
& toke hem þe goud quene þo he to hure come
Note: No rubric initial to indicate beginning of text; follows as if part of 5339.
Attributed Title: holy rode (RT, ff. 92-93v)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 77v-79v
First Lines:
A Noble emperor þer com suþþe þat het constantyn
In bataile he was so muche þat þer nas of no fin…
Last Lines:
…quiriac þonkede oure lorde crist wiþ gret Ioye he þis nom
And toke þis eleyne þe gode quene þo he to hure com
Attributed Title: Constantinus Maxencius Inperator (f. 77v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Inuencione sancte crucis (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 69v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 147
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 56v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 75v
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2250, ff. 80v-81
First Lines:
Qwen Elene come to Ierusalem seche a rede ho nome
Þat alle þe Iewes of þe cite bifore hyr shulde come…
Last Lines:
…Þat þai besechen hit for vs þat on þe rode shedde his blode
Þat we mowen to þe ioy come of heuen þat is so gode
Note: Lacking lines 1-22.
Attributed Title: Inuencione sancte crucibus (RT)
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 39
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 100-102
First Lines:
But siþen þer come an emperour þat hett Constantyn
In were & batel he was so wise þat þerof was no fyne…
Last Lines:
…Þat þai pray for vs þat on þe Rode shedde his blode
Þat we may to þe ioye come of heuen þat is so gode Amen
Attributed Title: De Cruce (RT); Inuencione sancte Crucis (RT)
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 78-80
First Lines:
An noble Emperour þer come siþ þat hight Constantyn
In bataille he was so myghty þer was of hym no fyn…
Last Lines:
…Quiriak þonked our lord and wiþ gret Ioie hem nome
And took hem Elene þe good quene whan he to her come