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Saint Agatha the good maid in Sicily was I-bore
Life of St. Agatha in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: South English Legendary
Subjects: Agatha, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 49v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 21v-23v
First Lines:
SEynt Agace þe gode maide in cisile was ibore
Wel ȝong cristene heo bicom & forsok sunne & hore …
Last Lines:
…As wisliche bidde we hire as heo þe contreie ȝef bote
þat we to te Ioie of heuene wiþ hire come mote
Attributed Title: seynt Agace (f. 22)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 12vb-13rb
First Lines:
SEint Agace þat gode maide in Cisyle was i bore
Wel ȝong cristene heo bi com and forsok sunne and hore…
Last Lines:
…As wisliche bidde we hire as heo þe Cuntreye ȝaf bote
Þat we to þe Ioye of heuene wiþ hire come mote . 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, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 94v-96
First Lines:
SEinte Agace þat guode maide In cisile was i bore
wel ȝong heo bi gan cristine to beon þat hire soule nere fur lore…
Last Lines:
…Also wsliche we schullen hire bidde ase heo þe contreie ȝaf bote
Þat we to þe Ioye þare heo is Inne with hire come we mote
Attributed Title: Vita sancte Agathe (f. 94v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 193-7.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 10va-11va
First Lines:
SEint Agace þat maide In cicile was y bore
Wel ȝong cristene heo bicam & forsok synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…As wisliche bidde we hire as heo þat Contrey ȝaf bote
þat we to þe ioye of heuene to hire come mote
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 19-21
First Lines:
SEint Agace þe holi mayde in Cesile was bore
Wol ȝong cristen sche be com & for sok synne & ore…
Last Lines:
…As wisli bidde we hire as sche þat cuntre ȝaf bote
Þat we to þe ioie of heuene to hire come mote
7.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 20-22
First Lines:
[S]eynte Agace þat maide in cicle was ybore
Wel ȝong cristede ȝe bicam [ ]…
Last Lines:
…As wisseliche bidde we S[eint] Agace sȝe þe contrey ȝe ȝaf[ ]
Þat we to þe ioye of heuene to hure come mote
Note: Text in second line lost due to glue stain and patch; other portions of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancta Agatha virgine & martire (f. 20)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 124-125v
First Lines:
Þe gude maiden saynt Agace in Cicil borne scho was
Ho become cristen ful ȝonge thurgh our lordeȝ grace
Of faire berynge þis maiden was & stable in goddeȝ lore
Þe Duke of þat lande when he it wyste þerof hym rewid sore…
Last Lines:
…Als weterly til hir we pray þat safed al þat cuntre
til pray for hym to ihesu criste in heuen þat we may be
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 20v-22
First Lines:
Seint agase þat maide in sicile was ibore
Wel ȝong cristene he bicom & forsok sunne & hore…
Last Lines:
…As wisliche bidde we hure as he þe contreie ȝaf bote
Þat we to þe Ioie of heuene to hure come mote
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: 1.54.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 130-133
First Lines:
Seint Agace þe holy mayde in Sycyle was ybore
Wel ȝong cristene ȝeo by com and fforsok synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…As wyslich bydde we hure as ȝeo to þat contre ȝaf bote
Þat we to þe ioye of heuene to hure come mote
Attributed Title: Agatha (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 41-42
First Lines:
SEint agathe þat mayde in cysile was ybore
Ȝonge heo by com cristyne & for soke synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…As wysselyche bydde we hure as heo ȝaf to contre bote
þat we to þe ioie of heuene to hure com mote
Attributed Title: Agatha (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 27v-29v
First Lines:
SEynt Agace þat Mayde in cisile was ybore
Wel ȝong cristene ȝo by com & for soke synne & hore…
Last Lines:
…As wisliche bidde we hure as ȝo þe contreye ȝef bote
þat we to þe Ioye of heuene to hure come mote
Attributed Title: De sancta Agatha (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 23v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 108v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 21
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 12v
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 65v-67
First Lines:
SAynt Agas þat holy Mayde in Cisile was born
Wel ȝonge she cristen womon bicome þat hir soule nere lorn…
Last Lines:
…Pray we to þat holy virgyn þat to þat lond fond bote
Þat in þe lond þere she is with hir wone we mote Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Agas (RT)
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 26-28
First Lines:
Seint Agas þe good maide in Cicile was bore
Ful ȝonge cristen she bicome & forsoke synne & ore…
Last Lines:
…As wiseli preie we hur as she þe contre ȝaue bote
Þat we þe Ioye of heuene to hur at our ending come mote
Attributed Title: Vita sancte Agathe Virginis (f. 26)