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Saint Bridget the holy maid of Ireland was
Life of St. Bridget (longer version) in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Bridget, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 45
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 15-18v
First Lines:
SEyn Bride þe holi maide of hirlonde was
Biȝute heo was in spouse bruche in awonder cas…
Last Lines:
…þe uerst day of feuerer hire lif heo broȝte to ende
God let ous alle for hir loue to þe Ioie of heuene wende
Attributed Title: syn Bryde (f. 15)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 127v-128v
First Lines:
Seint bryde þe holy mayde of erlond ȝhe was
by ȝete ȝhe was in spousbreche & in a wonder cas…
Last Lines:
…at nouȝt so þat euer among sumþing þat mayde let dyȝt
Suþ hit by fal þer afterward þat þis mayde cholde
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 6rb-6vb
First Lines:
SEint Bryde þe holy maide of yrlond was
biȝeten in spousebriche in a wonder cas…
Last Lines:
…Þe firste day of feuerer hire lyf heo brouȝt to ende
God let us all forþ with hire to þe ioye of heuene wende
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 13v-16v
First Lines:
SEint Bride þe holy maide of irlonde was
Be ȝete sche was in spouse breke in a wonder cas…
Last Lines:
…þe firste dai of feuerer hir liif sche brouȝte to ende
God lete us alle forþ wiþ hire to ioye of heuen wende
6.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 14v-17v
First Lines:
[S]eint Bride þe holy maide of irlond was
By ȝute ȝe was in spousebruche in a wonder cas…
Last Lines:
…Þe furste day of feuerer h[ ] broȝte to ende
God lete vs for þe loue of [ ] of heuene wende
Note: Some text missing due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancta brigida virgine & non martire (f. 14v)
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 14v-17v
First Lines:
Sein bride þat holi maide of irlonde was
Bi ȝute he was in spousbruche in a wonder cas…
Last Lines:
…Þe ferste day of feuerer hure lif he broȝte to ende
God lete us alle forþ wiþ hure to þe ioie of heuene wende
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: 1.37.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 121-122; 119-120; 123-125
First Lines:
Seint Bride þe holy mayde of yrlonde was
Byȝute ȝeo was in spousbruche in a wonder cas…
Last Lines:
…Þe fferste day of ffeuerer hure lif ȝeo broȝte to ende
God lete vs fforþ wiþ hure to þe ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: Brigida (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 35v-38
First Lines:
SEint bryde þe holy mayde of yrlond was
by ȝute heo was in spouse bryche in a wounder cas…
Last Lines:
…At last as god wold to þe deþ heo drow
by for hure deþ heo was ware þerof longe ynow
Attributed Title: bryde (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 21-24v
First Lines:
SEyn bryde þat holy mayde of yrlonde was
By ȝute ȝo was in spous bruche in a wonder cas…
Last Lines:
… þe ferste day of feuerer hure lif ȝo broȝt to ende
God let vs alle forþ with hure to þe Ioye of heuene wende
Attributed Title: De sancto Brigida (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 16v
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 103v
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 15v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 6v
15.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office C 47/34/1/5, ff. 4-4v
First Lines:
Seynt bride þe holy maide þat of irlonde was
Byȝete he was in spousbreche in a wonder cas
Suptak was hure fader name þat ispoused hadde a wif
In luþer bileue of paynym hy ladde þo hare lif…
Note: 79 lines; ends imperfectly.
16.Source: Nottingham, Nottingham University Library Middleton Lm 7/1 [olim Wollaton Hall], ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
…A seruant he hadde in is hous brocsech was hure name
Þis duptac by soȝte hure of lechorie and ssame
On hure he byȝat a child in spousbruche and wiþ wou
Þo is owe wif hit vnder ȝet sory he was ynou…
Last Lines:
…Þo bad þe quene vaste þat it moste [ ] ybore…
Note: Lines 5-25, 39-59.
Editions:
Historical Manuscripts Commission, Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton, [formerly] preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire. (1911): 622-3.
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 21-23v
First Lines:
Sent Bride þat holy maide Of Irelonde was
And was biȝete in spousebreche in a wonder cas…
Last Lines:
…Þe ferst day of feuerȝere her lif she brouȝt to ende
God sende vs grace as he did hur to þe Ioye of heuene wende. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancte Brigide Viginis [sic] (f. 21)