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IMEV 1653
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I-written I find a good story / The Pope it wrote Saint Gregory
The Trental of St. Gregory
Note: For other texts see 134 and 4980.
Title(s): The Trental of St. Gregory
Subjects: Trental of St Gregory; Gregory, saint; exempla
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 231ra-231vc
First Lines:
I Writen I fynde a good stori
Þe Pope hit wrot seint Gregori…
Last Lines:
…Þe same hom to god vs sende
To wone wiþ him wiþ outen ende. Amen
Note: ‘Pope’ crossed out by later hand.
Attributed Title: The Pope Trental (f. 231ra)
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:
Kaufmann, Albert. Trentalle Sancti Gregorii; eine mittelenglische Legende. Erlanger Beiträge 3. Erlangen and Leipzig: Deichert, 1889: 25.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 303vc2-304rc
First Lines:
I Writen I fynde a good stori
Þe Pope hit wrot seint Gregori…
Last Lines:
…Þe same hom Go vs seende
To wone wiþ him wiþ outen ende Amen
Note: ‘Pope’ partially erased.
Attributed Title: Þe guldene trental (f. 303vc; see 1950).
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:
Horstmann, Carl. “The Pope Trental.” Englische Studien 8 (1885): 275-7: 275.
Kaufmann, Albert. Trentalle Sancti Gregorii; eine mittelenglische Legende. Erlanger Beiträge 3. Erlangen and Leipzig: Deichert, 1889: 25.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Minor Poems of the Vernon Manuscript, Part 1. EETS o.s. 98 (1892; repr. 1973): 260-70.
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 283-286
First Lines:
I ffynde wretyn a noble story
the pope it wrote seynt gregory…
Last Lines:
…that we ther in may the see
Amen Amen ffor Charyte
Attributed Title: Trentale Sancti / Gregorij pape (p. 283); Explicit trentale Sancti Gregorie (p. 286)
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
4.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 306, ff. 110-113v
First Lines:
I writt men ffynt a fayre strye
The Pope hit wrote Seint gregorye…
Last Lines:
…That is In hevyn with oute endyng
Pray we all that hit so be
Amen Amen par charite
Attributed Title: here folowth Sent gregoris Trentall (f. 110, in a later hand); Explicit Sent Gregorys Trentall (f. 113v, in a later hand)
Editions:
Kaufmann, Albert. Trentalle Sancti Gregorii; eine mittelenglische Legende. Erlanger Beiträge 3. Erlangen and Leipzig: Deichert, 1889: 25.
5.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library Garrett 143, ff. 38v-44v
First Lines:
I ffynde wreten a good storie
þe pope of rome it wrot seynt gregorie
Off his moder & of hure liif
That men helden an holi wif…
Last Lines:
…To þat ioie he vs brynge
That is in heuene with outen endyng
Praye we alle þat hit so be
Amen Amen pur charite
Attributed Title: Here begyneþ seint gregories trental (f. 38v)
Editions:
Root, Robert Kilburn. “Poems from the Garrett MS.” Englische Studien 41 (1910): 360-79: 365-71.
6.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Addit. 46, ff. 2-2v; 5-5v; 7-7v; 3-3v; 1-1v
First Lines:
…y fynd ywhyten a nobyl story
…pope it wrott seynt gregorie…
Last Lines:
…but swych as we þu sest me here
y am þi modir þat ye se
Note: The text survives on a series of damaged parchment fragments, resized on uniform paper sheets.
Editions:
Boffey, Julia, and A. S. G. Edwards. “Unrecorded Middle English Verse Texts in a Canterbury Cathedral Library Manuscript.” Medium Ævum 72 (2003): 49-62: 50-4.