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Saint Blase well clean life led without any hore
Life of St. Blase in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Blasius, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 48v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 18v-21v
First Lines:
SEint Blase wel clene lif ladde wiþþoute hore
In þe lond of capadose þis godemon was ibore…
Last Lines:
…Nou god leue þat we parti mote of þe heie blisse
þat seint blase is Inne ibroȝe þat we þer of ne misse
Attributed Title: seynt Blase (f. 19)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 75-76v
First Lines:
Seint blas clene lyf he ladde wit outen eny hore
In þe lond of capadosye þis godman was I bore…
Last Lines:
…oure lordes aungeles com sone & here soules bere to heuene
lord vs þedir brynge for þy names seuene
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 12rb-12vb
First Lines:
SEint Blase wel clene lyf ladde wiþ outen hore
In þe lond of Capace þis goode mon was i bore…
Last Lines:
…Now God leeue þat we mote haue part of þe heiȝe blisse
Þat seint Blase is Inne i brouȝt and þat we þerof ne mis 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.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 228v-230v
First Lines:
Seynt blase wel clene lif ladde wiþoute any hore
In þe lond of capadoce þis godeman was I bore…
Last Lines:
…God lene þat we parti mote of þe heye blisse
þere þat seint blase is Inne i brout þat we þer offe ne misse
Attributed Title: Vita & passio sancti Blasii martire (f. 228v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 485-90.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 9rb-10va
First Lines:
SEint blase wel clene lyf ladde al with oute synne
Boren in þe lond of Capadoce & comen of ryche kynne…
Last Lines:
…Now god lene þat we mowe parte of þe heye blisse
þer seint blase is inne brouȝt & þer of neuer mysse
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 16v-19
First Lines:
SEint blasi wol clene lyf ledde al wiþ outen ore
In þe lond of capadosi þis goode man was bore…
Last Lines:
…Now god leue þat we moun haue part of þe hiȝe blisse
Þat seint blasi is inne brouȝt & þer of neuere mysse
8.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 17v-20
First Lines:
[S]eint blais wel cle[ ]
In þe lond of capadore [ ]
for his godnesse cristen[ ]…
Last Lines:
…Now god lutte þat we mote party of þe heyȝe blisse
Þat S[eint] blais is inne ibroȝte & neuer þer of misse
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto Blasio [ ] (f. 17v)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 122-124
First Lines:
Sayne blase was clene of life and full of goddes grace
In þe land of capadoce þis gude man borne he was
Cristen men for his gudenes wald hym byshop make
He wold noight of swilke powere bot sone gon hit forsake…
Last Lines:
…god lene vs grace so to lyfe & clens vs out of synne
Þat we may come to þat blis þer sayne blase is in
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, f. 17v
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: 1.47-54.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 125-130
First Lines:
Seint Blase wel clene lif ladde & by þoute hore
In þe lond of Capadoce þis goede man was ybore…
Last Lines:
…Now god leone þat we mote party of þe heye blisse
Þat Seint Blase is ynne ybrouȝt and þer of neuere mysse
Attributed Title: Blasius (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 39-41
First Lines:
SEint bles clene lyf ladde without any hore
In þe londe of capadoce þis goud man was ybore…
Last Lines:
…God graunte þat we parten mote of þat heye blysse
þat seint bles is in ybroȝt þer of neuer mysse
Attributed Title: bles (RT)
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 24v-27v
First Lines:
SEint blase wel clene lif ladde þo he was in lore
In þe lond of capadose þis godeman was ybore…
Last Lines:
…Nou god leue þat we party Mote of þe heye blysse
þat sein blase is in y broȝt & þer of neuere mysse
Attributed Title: De sancto Blasio (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 20v
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 106
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 18v
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 9v
18.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 63-65v
First Lines:
Saynt blase ful clene lyf he lad here biforn
In þe lond of capdocie was þat gode mon born…
Last Lines:
…God graunte þat we part may haue of þat hegh blisse
Þere saynt blase has siþen ben þat vs þar hit not mysse
Attributed Title: Saynt Blase (RT)
19.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 23v-26
First Lines:
Seynt blase ful clene lif ladde wiþout oore
In þe londe of Capadose þis good man was bore…
Last Lines:
…Now god leue þat we mowe parte wiþ hym of heuene blys
Which blase is in brouȝt and þerof neuer mys. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Blasij Episcopi (f. 23v)