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IMEV 2860
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Saint Benedict he was I-bore in the land of Nursia
Life of St. Benedict in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For a variant text in some MSS see 4560.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Benedict of Nursia, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 69v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 46-48v
First Lines:
SEyn benet was ibore in þe lond of mursie
To rome he was wel ȝong isend to lerny of clergie…
Last Lines:
…Nou god uor þe loue of seynt benet ous lete þen wei wende
& to þe Ioie þat he is Inne to him come aten ende
Attributed Title: seyn Benet (f. 47)
Editions:
McCann, Justin. “Early English Verses on St. Benedict.” Downside Review 41 (1928): 44-56: 48-53 (with corrections from Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431).
Whatley, Gordon E., ed. Saints’ Lives in Middle English Collections. With Anne B. Thompson and Robert K. Upchurch. MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2004.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 135-136v
First Lines:
Seint benet was I bore in þe lond of vrcye
to rome he was wel ȝong I sent to lerne clergye…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of seint benet vs lete þat wey to wende
& to þe ioye þat he is in to hym come at þe ende
Attributed Title: Seint benet þe holi monk (f. 135)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 23va-24vb
First Lines:
SEint benet was y bore in lond of mursye
to Rome he was wel y send to leorne clergye…
Last Lines:
…Now gor [sic] for þe loue of seint B vs let þat way wende
And to þe ioye þat he in is Comme atte nende
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 43v-45v
First Lines:
SEint benet was born in þe lond of vrsye
To rome he was wol ȝong sent for to lere clergie…
Last Lines:
…God for þe loue of seint benyt lete vs þat weiȝe wende
And to þe ioye þat he is inne to him mote we comme atte ende
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, f. 43v
First Lines:
Seint beneth was ibore in þe lond of musie
To Rome he was wel ȝonge isend to lerne of clergie…
Last Lines:
…him firu sulf he strupte anon among þornes he him ta[ ]
& brumeles & turnde him here & þer & al his fleis to r[ ]…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to lost leaves at end of volume; ends of lines cropped or worn.
Attributed Title: De sancto denedicto (f. 43v)
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: 1.122.
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 3v-5
First Lines:
Seint Benet was ybore in þe lond of vrsye
To rome he was wel ȝong y sent to lerne clergye…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of Seint Benet vs lete þe wey wende
And to þe ioye þat he ys ynne come at þe ende
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Benedicti Abbatis (rubric marginal note by scribe, f. 3v); Benedictus (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 46-48
First Lines:
Sein benet him was ibore in þe lond of murcie
To rome he was wel ȝong ysend to lerin of clergie…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for loue of sein benet us lete þane wel wende
And to þe ioie þat he is Inne to him come atte nende
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 175-179
First Lines:
Seint Benet was ybore in þe lond of Murcye
To Rome he was wel ȝong ysend to leorne of clergye…
Last Lines:
…Now god ffor þe loue of Seint Benet vs lete þan wey wende
And to þe ioye þat he is ynne to him come atten ende
Attributed Title: Benedictus (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 51v-52*
First Lines:
SEint benet was ybore in þe toune of mersye
To rome he was Yonge sende to lerne clergie…
Last Lines:
…Now god for þe loue of hym ous lete þat wey wende
& to þat ioie þat he is Inne to hym come atte nende
Note: Folio 52* is next after folio 52.
Attributed Title: Benet (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 56-58v
First Lines:
SEin Benet he was y bore in þe lond of murcie
To Rome he was wel ȝong y sende to lerny of clergie…
Last Lines:
…Nou god for loue of seint benet vs let þat wey wende
And to þe Ioye þat he is Inne to him come atte ende
Attributed Title: De sancto Benedicto (f. 56, by scribe in margin beside first line); Benedictus (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 49v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 129
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 43v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 38
16.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 1
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 38-39
First Lines:
Seynt Benet was yboor in þe lond of nurcye
To Rome was he þough ysent to lerne clergie…
Last Lines:
…God for þe loue of seynt Benet vs lete þat way wende
To þe ioye þer he is Inne we come at last eende. Amen.