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Saint Alban the holy man was here of England
Life of St. Alban in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Alban, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 164v-165v
First Lines:
SEyn Albon þe holi mon was her of engelonde
Imartred he was uor godes loue þoru our lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne seynt albon & ihesu crist wel uaste
þat we mote to þe Ioie come þat euer schal laste
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 224-225
First Lines:
Seint albon þe holy man I bore was in ingelonde
I martrid he was for cristus loue wit chame & wit chonde…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we to Ihesu crist & to seint albon faste
þat we moot to þe ioye come þat euer chal I laste
Attributed Title: Seint albon þe holy marter (f. 224)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 32vb-33ra
First Lines:
SEint Albon þis holy mon was here of Engelonde
I Martred was for Godus loue þorwh Ihesu cristes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we seint Albon and Ihesu Crist wel faste
Þat we mote to þe Ioye come þat euere schal i laste. A.M.E.N.
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. 46v-47v
First Lines:
SEint Albon þe holie man was here of Enguelonde
I martred he was for godes loue þoruȝ Iesu cristes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we ȝeorne Ihesu crist and seint Albon wel faste
Þat we moten to þe Ioye come þat euere schal i laste
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 67-70.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 56va-57rb
First Lines:
SEint Albon þe holy man was here of engelond
Martired he was for godes loue þorw oure lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne Ihesu Crist & seint Albon faste
þat we mote to þe ioye come þat euer more shal laste
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 55v-56v
First Lines:
Seint albon þe holy man was here of Engelonde
I martrid he was for godis loue þorgh oure lordis sonde…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝerne ihesu crist and seint albon faste
þat we mote to þi ioye come þat euere shel y laste
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Albani (f. 55v); Albanus (RT)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 89v-90v
First Lines:
Seint Albon þe holy man her of engelonde
Imartred he was for godes loue & þoru oure louerdes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝerne ihesu crist & seint albon wel faste
þat we to þe ioie come mote þat euere ssel ilaste
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: 1.238-41.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 310-312
First Lines:
Seint Albon þe holy man was her of Engelonde
Ymartred he was ffor godes loue as ich vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we Ihesu crist and al so Seint Albon ffaste
Þat we mote to þe ioye come þat euere schal ylaste
Attributed Title: Albanus (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 124v-125v
First Lines:
SEint albon þe holy man was here of englond
I martred he was for godis loue & þorwe godis sonde…
Last Lines:
…Now byde we ȝerne ihesu crist & seint albon faste
þat we mot come to þe Ioie þat euer more schal laste
Attributed Title: Albon (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 104v-105v
First Lines:
SEint albon þe holy man here of engelond
I Martred he was for god is loue & þoru oure lordes sonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne ihesu crist & seint albon wel faste
þat we to þe Ioie come mote þat euere ssal laste
Attributed Title: De sancto Albano (f. 104v, by scribe in margin beside first line; Albano (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 162
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 67
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 97v
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 2250, ff. 77-77v
First Lines:
Saynt Albane þe holy mon wos her of englonde
Martrid he was for goddis loue al þrugh goddis sounde…
Last Lines:
…Now pray we ȝorne to Ihesu Criste & saynte albone ful fast
Þat we mowen com at our endyng to þe ioy þat euer shal last
Attributed Title: De Sancto Albano (RT)
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 64v
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 126-127v
First Lines:
SAynt Alban þe holy mon was here of Englond
Martired he was for goddes love all þurȝ goddes stond…
Last Lines:
…Now pray we to Ihesu Crist and to saynt Alban ful fast
Þat we may come at oure endinge to þe ioye þat euer shal last Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Alban (RT)
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 88-89v
First Lines:
Seynt Albon þe holy man here of Engelond
Ymartred was for goddis loue þorgh our lordis sonde…
Last Lines:
…Now preie we ȝerne ihesu crist and to seint Albon fast
Þat we to þat Ioie mote come þat euere shal last