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Saint Anastasia was I-born at Rome by old dawe
Life of St. Anastasia in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Anastasia, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 219-220v
First Lines:
SEyn Anastace was ibore at rome bi olde dawe
Of swiþe heie men icome al of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…& þe maner is to muche anerþe to lye lesinge
To þe Ioie of heuene þat heo is Inne godes ous bringe
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), f. 254v
First Lines:
seint anastas was I bore at rome by olde dawe
of swyþe hyȝe men I come al of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…þey stodin þere Imwasschiin some he walwid among hem fast
loþlicher schreue ne myȝte be ne so by baicced þe last…
Note: Lines 1-34 only, crossed out after writing
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 257v-258v
First Lines:
Seint anastas was I bore at rome by olde dawe
& of swyþe hyȝe men ycome al of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…& þe maner is mochil in erþe for to lyȝe lesinge
In to þe ioy þat ȝhe is inne god oure soulus bringe
Note: Complete text; second occurrence in MS.
Attributed Title: Seint anastas þe virgine (f. 257v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 134vb-135va
First Lines:
SEint Anastace was y bore At Rome be olde dawe
Of swiþe heye men she come Al of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…And þe maner is to myche on eorþe forto leone lesing
To þe heye ioye þat she is inne god vs alle bringe
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 170v-172
First Lines:
Seint Anastace was ibore at rome by olde dawe
Of swuþe heie men icome al of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…And þe manere is to muche an eorþe forto luue lesynge
To þe ioie of heuene þer he is Inne god oure soule bringe
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: 1.586-90.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 90-93
First Lines:
Seint Anastace was ybore at Rome by olde dawe
Of swiþe heye men as of þe olde lawe…
Last Lines:
…And þe manere is to muche in eorþe ffor to leone lesynge
To þe ioye þat ȝeo is ynne god oure soules bringe
Attributed Title: Anastasia (RT)
7.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 222v
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 189v
9.Source: London, Gray’s Inn 20, ff. 2-2v
Note: A fragment