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Old and young I rede you your follies for to let
The Life of St. Margaret (thirteenth-century version) — 175 long-line couplets
Title(s): The Life of St. Margaret
Subjects: Margaret, saint, life of; saints’ lives



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 204v-208
First Lines:
Olde & ȝonge ich rede ȝou ȝoure folyis for to lete
& leueþ on crist þat haþ ȝou bouȝt ȝoure sinnes to bete…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we here bere oure erande myd wordes mylde & swete
þat we note to heuene come whan we oure lif doþ lete
Note: Last ten lines crossed out in MS (all on f. 227).
Attributed Title: Seint paulin þe ermyte (f. 226)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Nachträge zu den Legenden 5: The Messengers of Death.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 79 (1887): 411-70: 411.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 34 (SC 14528), ff. 1a-4b
First Lines:
Olde and yong y counceyl you
your folyes for to lete …
Last Lines:
…That we mowe haue the blysse
That lestyth euer moo
Note: Qui scripscit carmen sit benedictus Amen (at the end).
Attributed Title: hic incipit vita Sancte Margarete virginis (f. 1)
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 4122, ff. 6-38v
First Lines:
Olde and ȝounge I ȝou praye ȝoure folyes for to lette
And byleue on Ihesu cryste that gaue ȝou wytte ȝoure synnes for to bette
Lystenys i wylle ȝou tellen wordys fayre and swete
The lyfe of a mayden þat hyghte margarete…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu cryste þat was y borne of þe virgyne marye
for saynte margaretes love on vs have mercye
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), ff. 20-24
First Lines:
Olde ant yonge ipreit on oure folies for to lete
þenchet on god þat yef on wit oure sunnes to bete…
Last Lines:
…Ihesu crist þat was born of seinte marie
for seinte maregrete loue of us haue mercie
Note: 78 monorhymyng quatrains.
Editions:
Hickes, George. Linguarum Veterum Septentrionalium Thesaurus Grammatico-Criticus et Archaeologicus. Oxford, 1705: 1.224; repr. Cockayne (1866), 34-43.
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden: Neue Folge. Heilbronn: Henninger, 1881: 489-98.
5.Source: Blackburn, Blackburn, Museum and Art Gallery MS 091.21040 [olim Petworth 3], f. 167