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Saint Christina the holy thing as I you tell can
Life of St. Christina in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Christina, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 112v-116v
First Lines:
SEyn Cristine þe holi þing as ic ȝou telle con
Holi lif ladde & clene & wel ȝou telle con…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ torment as ȝe haweþ ihurd & eiþ wounder monion
Nou god uor þe loue of hir ous bringe þuder echon
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 17-21
First Lines:
Seyn cristyne þe holy þyng as I ȝou telle can
Holyff ledde & clene & wel ȝonge by gan…
Last Lines:
…Wit turmentes as ȝe habbeþ I herd wit woundes meny on
now god for þe loue of here þedir vs brynge echon
Attributed Title: Seint cristine þe holy virgine (f. 17); Explycit sante cristy[ ] (f. 21)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 42rb-43va
First Lines:
Seint Cristine þis holi þing as I ow telle con
Holi lyf ladde and clene and wel ȝong bigon…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ turmens as ȝe hau herd wiþ woundes mony on
Nou God for þe loue of hire vs bringe þider vchon. 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.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 71rb-73va
First Lines:
SEint Cristyne þat holy thing as I ȝou telle can
Holy lif ladde & clene & wel ȝong bigan…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ turment as ȝe haue y herd wiþ woundes manyon
Nou god for þe loue of hire vs bring þider echon
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
5.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 80v
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 141v-145
First Lines:
Sayn Cristyne þe maiden suete als I ȝou tel can
To lyfe halyli & clene ful ȝonge sho began
A heghe Justis hir fadre was his name was calde Vrban
Vndre þe emperoure he was þat hight Dioclician…
Last Lines:
…And cristyne to þe blis of heuen with angels went ywis
Now ihesu criste for sristen lufe brynge vs to þat blis
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 117v-122
First Lines:
Seinte cristine þe holy þing as ich ȝou telle can
Holy lif ladde and clene and wel Yong bigan…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ tormens as ȝe habbeþ ihurd wiþ wonden moni on
Nou god for þe loue of hure us bringe þuder echon
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: 1.315-27.
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 359-366
First Lines:
Seint cristine þe holy þing as ich ȝou telle can
Holy lif ȝeo ladde and clene and wel ȝong þer to by gan…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ turmentȝ as ȝe habbeþ yhurd and woundes many on
Now god ffor þe loue of hure þuder vs bringe euerichon
Attributed Title: Cristina (RT)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 161v-165
First Lines:
SEint cristine þe holy þing as ic ȝou telle can
holy lyf ladde & clene & wel ȝonge by gan…
Last Lines:
…With turmens as ȝe habbeþ y herd & woundes many on
god for þe loue of hure ous bringe þuder echon
Attributed Title: Crystine (RT)
10.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 135v-140v
First Lines:
SEinte cristine þat holy þing ac y ȝou telle can
holy lif ladde & clene & wel ȝong by gan…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ tormens as ȝe haviþ y hurde wiþ wonden many on
Nou god for þe loue of hire vs bringe þuder echon
Attributed Title: De Sancta cristina (f. 135v, by scribe in margine beside first line); Cristina (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 110
12.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 190
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 111v
14.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 92v
15.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 117-122
First Lines:
Seynt Cristyn þat holy þinge as I ȝou telle can
Holy lif lad and clene and ful ȝonge she bygan…
Last Lines:
…Wiþ turmetry as ȝe han herd & woundys many on
Now god for þe loue of hur bring vs þider echon
Note: Includes 16 unique couplets in various places.
Attributed Title: vita sancte Cristine virgine (f. 117)
Editions:
Pickering, Oliver S., and Manfred Görlach. “A Newly Discovered Manuscript of the South English Legendary.” Anglia 100 (1982): 109-23: 119-20 (extra couplets only).