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Saint Augustine that Christendom brought into England
Life of St. Augustine of Canterbury in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Augustine of Canterbury, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 120v
Note: Lines 1-35 only.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 84-85v
First Lines:
SEyn Austyn þat cristendom broȝte in to engelonde
Riȝt is among oþer iwis þat be vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne seynt Austyn þat to crisendom ous brouȝte
þat we mote to þe Ioie come to wam our lord ous boȝte
Attributed Title: seynt Austyn (f. 84)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 88v-89v
First Lines:
Seint austin þat cristindom brouȝte in to ingelonde
ryȝt is a mon oþer I wis þat he be ondirstonde…
Last Lines:
…& graunt vs þat we mote after oure endyng day
come to þe ioye of heuene þat lasteþ euere & ay
Attributed Title: Seint austin þe prechour (f. 88v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 31va-31vb
First Lines:
SEint Augustin þat cristendom brouhte in to Engelonde
Riht is among oþere i wis þat we him vndurstonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝeorne seint Austin þat to cristendom vs brouhte
Þat we mote to þe Ioye come to whom vr lord vs bouhte. 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.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 24-5 (lines 1-34 only).
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 31-31v
First Lines:
…Þo he to þe yle cam to Seint Austyn he sende
Þat he to him with his felawes to don is erende iwende…
Last Lines:
…Bidde we ȝeorne seint Austin þat cristindom so brouȝte
Þat we moten to þulke Ioye come to ȝwan ore louerd us bouȝte
Note: Begins imperfectly due to lost folio between 30 and 31 (stub, numbered 30*, remains); missing lines 1-36.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 24-5.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 52rb-52vb
First Lines:
SEint Austyn þat Cristendom brought into Engelonde
Right is among oþer y wis þat he beo vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne seint Austyn þat to Cristendom vs brought
þat we mote to þe ioye come to whom oure lord vs bouȝte
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 111-111v
First Lines:
SEint Austyn þat cristindom brouȝte first in to Ingelond
Riȝt it is a mong oþere I wis þat he be vndirstond…
Last Lines:
…To seint austin & to alle hise a riȝt fair wonynge
þe king ȝaf in to þe toun of douere to sein in here prechinge
Note: Ends imperfectly at line 70.
8.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 49-49v
First Lines:
Seint austyn þat cristendom broȝte into engelonde
Riȝt ys among oþere y wis þat he be vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝerne seint austyn þat to cristendom vs broȝte
þat we to þe ioie come to wham oure lord him boȝte
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.2.15, ff. 111v-112v
First Lines:
SEynt Austyn þat brought crystyndam in to ynglond
Ryght it ys þat amonge other holi men þat he be vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…Nowe prey we to seynt awstyn þat vs to crystyndam brought
That we may come to that ioye þat oure lord vs to bought
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 80v-82
First Lines:
Seint Austin þat cristendom broȝte into engelonde
seiȝt is among oþer iwis þat he beo vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…Nou bidde we ȝerne seint austin þat to cristendom us broȝte
Þat we to þe ioie come to wan oure louerd us boȝte
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: 1.214-17.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College 13, Part II, ff. 47v-48v
First Lines:
SEint Austin þat brouȝte cristendom to Engelonde
Riȝt is a mong oþere þat he be vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Seint Austyn brouȝte cristendom þus to Engelonde
Wel hauȝte we his dai holde ȝif we were wel vnderstonde
Note: Ends imperfectly.
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 295-297
First Lines:
Seint Austyn þat brouȝte cristendom to Engelonde
Riȝt is þat among oþere he beo vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Now bidde we ȝeorne Seint Austyn þat vs to cristendom brouȝte
Þat we to þe ioye come to whuch oure lord vs bouȝte
Attributed Title: Augustinus (RT)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 123-123v
First Lines:
SEint austyn þat cristendom broȝt to englonde
ryȝt ys among oþer men þat he be vndirstonde…
Last Lines:
…bydde we ȝerne seint austyn þat tp cristendom ous broȝt
þat we mote þe ioie afonge þat oure lord to ous bouȝt
Attributed Title: Austyn (RT)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), f. 94v
15.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 87v
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 156v
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 64v
18.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 89v
19.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 55
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 85v-87
First Lines:
Seynt Austyn þat Cristendom brouȝt to engelonde
Right it is amongis oþer þat he be vnderfonge…
Last Lines:
…Now preye we god and seint Austyn þat to cristendome vs brouȝt
Þat we mowe come to þe ioye to which our lord vs bouȝt