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Martha was a good woman all so ye heareth tell
Life of St. Martha and St. Fronton in the South English Legendary
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Martha, saint, life of; Fronton, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 77va-78rb
First Lines:
SEinte Martha a god womman was as ȝe hereþ of tell
She fong oure lord in hire hous as it seiþ in þe gospel…
Last Lines:
…Nou lord for þe heye loue Þat þu kiddest Martha þere
bring vs to heye blisse þat þe angels here soule bere
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 242v-244v
First Lines:
Marþa was a good woman s al so ȝe hereþ telle
ȝhe herberuid Ihesu crist as we findeþ in þe gospelle…
Last Lines:
…& leue vs here on erþe doon oure sinnus to bete
& we mot to þat ioye come ar we oure lif here lete
Attributed Title: Seint martha mary maudeleynus sustir (f. 242v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 69rb-70ra
First Lines:
Seint Martha gud wommon was as ȝe schule here telle
Heo feng vr lord in hire hous as hit seiþ in þe gospelle…
Last Lines:
…Lord for þe heȝe loue þat kuddest Martha þere
Bring vs to þat heȝe blisse þere þin angeles hire soule bere. AMEN.
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.
4.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 90
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 130-132v
First Lines:
Sein martha god womman was as ȝe hureþ aldai telle
He aueng oure louerd in hure hous as it seiþ in þe gospelle…
Last Lines:
…Nou louerd for þe heie loue þat þou kuddest martha þere
Bring us to þe heie blisse þat þin angles hare soule bere
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: 348.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 383-385
First Lines:
Seint Martha a goed womman was as ȝe hureþ al day telle
Ȝeo affeng oure lord in hure hous as hit seiþ in þe gospelle…
Last Lines:
…Now lord ffor þe heye loue þat þou kuddest Martha þere
Bring vs to þe heye blisse þat þine aungeles hure to bere
Attributed Title: Sancta Martha (RT)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 77v-79
First Lines:
SEint martha was a goud womman as ȝe hureþ telle
hes a fenge oure lord in hure hous as hit seþ in þe godspelle…
Last Lines:
…Now for þe swete loue þat þu cuddest martha þer
brynge ous to þe hey Ioie þat þyne angelis hure bere
Attributed Title: Martha (RT)
8.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 201v
9.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 126
10.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 104
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 149-152v
First Lines:
SEin Martha gode womman was as ȝe hureþ al day telle
ȝo reseyvid oure lorde in hire hous as it seiþ in þe gospelle…
Last Lines:
…Nou lord for þe heye love þat þou kuddest Martha þere
Bring vs to þe heye blisse þat þin angles hure soule bere
Attributed Title: Sancta Martha (f. 149, by scribe in margin beside first line); Martha (RT)