The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4532
IMEV 2850
NIMEV 2850
Saint Agnes that holy maid well young she began
Life of St. Agnes in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: Cf. 238.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Agnes, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 38v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 7v-10
First Lines:
SEynt Anneis þe holi maide wel ȝong heo bigan
To serui god al miȝti to be cristenwomman…
Last Lines:
…þis was lo a uair myracle of seynt Anneis iwis
Nou god ous bringe to þulke Ioie þat þis maide Inne is
Attributed Title: seynt Annes (f. 7v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 128bv-130v
First Lines:
Seint anneys þe holy mayde wel ȝong ȝhe be gan
to serwin god & oure leuedy & ben cristin woman…
Last Lines:
…& saue vs alle fram dedly sinne þe whyle we beþ alyue
& bryng vs to þe blis þat ȝhe is in for his woundys fyue
Attributed Title: Anneys (RT)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 10vb-11rb
First Lines:
SEint Agnes þe holy Mayde wel sone heo by gon
To serue God Almihti and to beo Cristene wommon…
Last Lines:
…Þus þis maide seint Agneis brouȝhte hire lyf to fyne
And wende to þe Blisse of heuene aftur hire muchele pyne
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.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), f. 89v
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 181-4.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 7-9
First Lines:
SEint Agnes þe holi maide ful ȝong sche be gan
ffor to serue god al myȝti & to be a cristen womman…
Last Lines:
…Þis was a fair meracle of seint agnes I wis
Now god bringe us to þat ioye þat þis maydyn inne is
7.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 8-10
First Lines:
[S]eint Agneis þat holy maide swiþe ȝong bigan
To serue god almiȝte & to be cristene womman…
Last Lines:
…þus þis maide S[eint] agneys broȝte hure lif to ende
& to þe ioye of heuene after hure pine gan wende
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancta Agnete virgine & martire (f. 8)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 116v-118
First Lines:
Sayne Agnete þe haly virgyn ful erly scho began
To serue gode in cristen laghe & was a gude woman
Scho was bot xiij ȝer olde to dede when scho was broght
ffor þe lufe of Ihesu Criste þat hir ful ful dere hade broght…
Last Lines:
…& þus þis maiden saynt agnes died in grete torment
god brynge vs al to þat ioy þat hir sauele to wente
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 7v-9
First Lines:
Seint Anneis þe holy maide wel ȝong by gan
To serui god almiȝti to be cristen womman…
Last Lines:
…þis mayde seint anneys þus broȝte hure lif to fine
And wende to þe Ioie of heuene after þe muchel pine
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: 1.19.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 43-43v
First Lines:
Saynt Agnes the holy virgin ful soon she began
To serve god almyȝty and be a gode woman…
Last Lines:
…That man ne myȝt for his fax noȝt of hir body see
A hows that served for bordel ther was riȝt besyde…
Note: Stanzas 1-51 only; ends imperfectly due to loss of folios.
Attributed Title: Saynt Agnes (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 110-113
First Lines:
Seint Anneys þe holy mayde wel ȝong by gan
To seruyn god al miȝty & to beo a cristene womman…
Last Lines:
…Now god ffor þe loue of hure vs lete such goednesse wynne
Þat we mowe to þat ioye come þat ȝeo ybrouȝt is ynne
Attributed Title: Agnetis (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 30v-32
First Lines:
SEint Agnes þat maide wel Yong heo by gan
To seruy god al myȝty & be cristen womman…
Last Lines:
…þys is a fayre myracle of seint agnes ywys
God ous brynge to þe ioie þer þat heo ys
Attributed Title: Agnes (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 13-15v
First Lines:
SEint Anneys þis holy mayde wel ȝong sche by gan
To serue god all Myȝty & to be a cristen womman…
Last Lines:
… þis was lo a feyre miracle of seynt anneys ywys
Nou god vs brynge to þat ioye þat þis mayde in ys
Note: Last two lines appear at the top of f. 16 after scribe had left 6 lines blank at bottom f. 15v.
Attributed Title: De sancta Augneta (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 9
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 97
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 9
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 1
Note: Lines 1-102 wanting.
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 54v-56
First Lines:
SAynt Agnes þe holy virgyn ful soone she bigan
To serue god almyȝty & to be a gode woman…
Last Lines:
…And þus þis mayde saynt Agnes broȝt hir lyf to ende
And god vs bringe to þat ioye þat hir soule con to wende Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Agnes (RT)
19.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 51v
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 15-16v
First Lines:
Seint Agnes the holy maide wel ȝong she bigan
To serue god almighty and be cristen woman…
Last Lines:
Thus the mayde seint Agnes broughte hir lyf to fyne
And wente to the ioye of heuene after hir pyne Amen
Attributed Title: De sancta agnete virgine (f. 15)