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Saint Brendan the holy man was here of our land
Life of St. Brendan in the South English Legendary — 738 lines in couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Brendan, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 109v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 71v-80v
First Lines:
SEyn Brendan þe holi mon was of Irlonde
Monek he was of harde lyue as ic vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…An albei þus was seþþe arered as is bodi was ido
Nou god ous bringe to þulke Ioie as is soule wende to
Attributed Title: syn brendan (f. 71v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Die altenglische Legende von St. Brendan aus Ms. Ashmole 43, fol. 71b.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 53 (1874): 17-48: 17-37.
Bälz, Martha. Die Mittelenglische Brendanlegende des Gloucesterlegendars. Berlin: Mayer & Müller, 1909.
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 1-1v; 3-10
First Lines:
Seint brandan þe holy monk was ȝond in erlond
Monk he was of hard lyf as ich ondirstond…
Last Lines:
…An abbey þer is arered þat his body was In do
Nouȝ god vs brynge to þylke Ioye as his soule wente to
Attributed Title: Seint Patricis þe holy monk (f. 1)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 104-110
First Lines:
SEint brendan þe holi man was here of ovre londe
Monek he was of harde liue as ich me under stonde…
Last Lines:
…And a fair Abbeie þare is ared ase is bodi was ido
God bringue us to þulke Ioye þat is soule wende to
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Brendani Abbatis de Hybernia (f. 104)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 220-40.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 46ra-50rb
First Lines:
SEint Brandan þe holi man was ȝonder of yrlonde
Monk he was of hard lif As I vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…An abbeye þer is arered þare his body was do
Nou god bs bringe to þilke ioye þat his soule wente to
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 99v-107v
First Lines:
SEint Brandon þe holi man was of irlonde
Monk he was of hard liif as I vndirstonde…
Last Lines:
…An abbei þere is a rerid þere his bodi was I do
God vs bringe to þat ioye þere as his soule wente to
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 39-46
First Lines:
Seint Brandan þe holy man was ȝend of yrlonde
Monk he was of hard lyf as ich vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…And an abbeye þere ys arered as his body was y do
Now god vs bringe to þulke ioye as his soule wente to
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Brandani (rubric marginal heading by scribe, f. 39); Brandanus (RT)
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 67v-77
First Lines:
Sein brandon þe holy man was ȝend of irlonde
Monk he was of hard lyf as ich vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…In abbey þer is arered as is body was ido
Nou god us bringe to þulke ioie as is soule wende to
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: 1.180-204.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 273-288
First Lines:
Seint Brandan þe holy man was ykend in Irlonde
Mounk he was of hard lif as ȝe shulleþ vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…And an abbey is þer arered where his body is ydo
Now god vs bringe to þat ioye þat his soule wente to
Attributed Title: Brendanus (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 215-222v
First Lines:
SEint brandan þe holy man was of erlonde
Monke he was of hard lyf as ic vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…An abbay was suþ ymade þer his body was ido
god ous bringe to þe Ioie þat his saule wende to
Attributed Title: Brandan (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 80-90v
First Lines:
SEin Brandan þe holy man was ȝend of irlonde
Monke he was of hard lif as y vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…On abbey þer is arered as is bodywas y do
Nou god vs bringe to þat Ioye as is soule wende to
Attributed Title: De sancto Brandane (f. 80, by scribe in margin beside first line); Brandano (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 74v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 77v
Note: Lines 491-570 wanting.
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 41v
Editions:
Wright, Thomas. St. Brendan, A Legend of the Sea. Percy Society 14. London: Richards, 1844.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 220-40 (lines 68-247).
Sampson, George. The Cambridge Book of Prose and Verse. Cambridge: at the UP, 1924: 345-7 (extracts).
15.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 112v-122v
First Lines:
SAynt Brendan þe holy mon he was of Irlond
Monke he was of Ardee as ȝe shul vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…A fayre Abbay þere is bylde þere as his bones lyne
God send vs all into þat ioye þere as his soule is ynne Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Brendan (RT)
16.Source: Leeds, Leeds University Library Ripon Minster fragment 33 (on deposit from Ripon Minster), binding strip
First Lines:
…Wele save[ ]
There bre[ ]
Seynt B[ ]
ffor neuer a[ ]…
Last Lines:
…And a fayre[ ]
God bryng [ ]
Note: Fragment, binding strip, with only beginnings of last nine lines.
17.Source: Wisbech, Wisbech Museum 21 [formerly H.6.29], f. 1
Transcription:
Þer ich was þis oþer dai þo ower broþer þ[…]
& was into þe py[ne] i ladde & wel sone ha[…]…
…Seint Brendan sede inis [name] ich hote o[…]
Þat ȝe ne touche hym [noȝt toniȝt] arto m[…]
Note: Two binding strips (fragments) now pieced together to form a single leaf; damaged by damp and cut off at edges; correspond to lines 538-590, 594-645 of D’Evelyn and Mill (1959).