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Saint Alphege the martyr that good man was enough
Life of St. Alphege in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: Alphege, saint, life of; saints’ lives
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 100v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 56-59
First Lines:
SEyn Alfe þe martir þat good mon was Inouȝ
Ibore was in engelond & to holi lif drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we seynt Alfe þat broȝte þer is lif to ende
þat we mote þoru is bone to þe Ioie of heuene wende
Attributed Title: syn Alfe þe martyr (f. 56)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 83v-85v
First Lines:
Seint alphe þe marter þat good man was Inouȝ
I bore he was in ingelond & to holy lyf drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…Of oure mysdedes for ȝeuenesse & þin wille fulfille
& bryng vs to þyn ryche blisse & scheld vs fram þyne ille
Attributed Title: Seynt alphe þe marter (f. 83v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 27rb-28ra
First Lines:
SEint Alphe þe Martir good mon was i nouh
I boren he was in Engelond and to holy lyf drouh…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we seint Alphe þat þus brouhte his lyf to ende
Þat we mowe þorwh his preyere in to heuene wende. 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.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.94 [formerly in printed book 80 G 40 Med], ff. 1v-2v
First Lines:
Seint alphe þe marter þat goodman was inow
Bore he was in englond & to holi lif drow…
Last Lines:
…His broþer was maister of his ost edrich was his name
He het his broþer edrich to canterberi fare…
Note: A single bifolium, lines 1-6, 11-38, 43-71.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 40rb-41va
First Lines:
SEint Alphe þe martir þat gode man was y now
I bore he was in engelond & to eche godnes drow…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we to went Alphei þat þus brought his lif to end
þat we mowe thorwe his bone to þe Ioye of heuene wend
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 89-91v
First Lines:
SEint alphege þe marter þat good man was I nough
Bore he was in ingelond and to holi liif drough…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we alle to seint alphege þat his liif þus brouȝte to ende
Þat we mote þour his lore to þe ioye of heuen wende
8.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 30-32
First Lines:
Seint Alphe þe martir þat guod man was y nouȝ
I bore he was in Engelond þat holy lyf drouȝ…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we oure lord & seint alphe þat þus broȝte his lyf to ende
Þat we mote þorgh his bone to þe ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: vita sancti Alphegi martiris (f. 30, to right, rubric, by scribe); Alphegus (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 56-59
First Lines:
Seinte Alphege þe martir þat godman was Inou
Ibore he was in engelonde and to holi lif drou…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we oure louerd seint alphe þat þus broȝte is lyf to ende
Þat we mote þoru is loue to þe Ioie of heuene wende
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: 1.148-55.
10.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College 13, Part II, ff. 40v-43
First Lines:
SEint alphe þe martir þat good man was y now
I bore he was In Engelond and to holy chirch lyf he drow…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we good and seint Alphe þat þus brouȝ his lif to ende
Þat we mote þoru his bone to þe blisse of heuene wende
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 253-258
First Lines:
Seint Alphe þe Martyr þat goed man was ynow
Ibore he was in Engelonde and to holy lif he drow…
Last Lines:
…Now bydde we god and Seint Alphe þat þus brouYte his lif to ende
Þat we mote þorw his bone to þe blisse of heuene hennes wende
Attributed Title: Alphegus (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 58-60
First Lines:
SEint alphe þe marter þat goud man was ynowe
bore he was in englond & to holy lif drowe…
Last Lines:
…bydde we seint alphe þat broȝt his lyf þus to ende
þat we mot þorwe his bone in to heuene wende
Attributed Title: Alphe (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 67-70
First Lines:
SEint alfege þe martir þat gode man was ynou
I bore he was in engelonde & to holy lif drou…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we oure lord seint alfe þat þus broȝt ys lif to ende
þat we mote þoru is bone to þe Ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: De sancto alphego (f. 67, by scribe in margin beside first line); Alphego (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 60
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 138v
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 50v
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 67
Note: Lines 71-150 wanting.
18.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 30v