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Saint Christopher was a Saracen in the land of Canaan
Life of St. Christopher in the South English Legendary — couplets
Note: For other versions, see 1304, 3246.
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Christopher, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 120-122v
First Lines:
SEyn Cristofere was sarazyn In þe lond of canaan
In none stude bi is daie ne bond me so strong aman…
Last Lines:
…þus seynt cristofere atelaste þe herte lord out soȝte
Nou god ous bringe to þulke Ioie þat he is soule broȝte
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 119-121
First Lines:
Seint cristofre was an heþen man In þe lond of canaan
In no stede be his day me ne fond so strong a man…
Last Lines:
…Now Ihesus for seint cristofris loue soule bote vs sende
& bring vs after oure ending day to þe ioye wit outen ende
Attributed Title: Seint cristofre þe Martir (f. 119)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 49ra-49vb
First Lines:
SEint Cristofre was a Sarazin in þe lond of Canaan
In no stude bi his daye me fond non so strong a Man…
Last Lines:
…Þus seint Cristofre þe hexte lord atte laste out souhte
Now God us bringe to þulke Ioye þer he his soule brouhte 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. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 121v-124
First Lines:
SEint Cristofre was a saracen in þe londe of canaan
In none stude bi is daie nas so gret a man…
Last Lines:
…Þus seint Cristofre þene hexte louerd at þe laste of souȝte
God us bringue to þulke Ioye þat he is soule brouȝte
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Cristofori (f. 121v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. Altenglische Legenden. Paderborn: F. Schoningh, 1875: 35-41.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 271-8.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 76rb-77va
First Lines:
SEint Cristofore was a Saresin in þe lond of Canaan
In no stede bi his day fonde men so strong man…
Last Lines:
…Þus seint Cristofre atte laste þe hexte king out soughte
Nou god vs bringe to þilke ioye þat he his soule to brought
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 87v
7.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 148-150
First Lines:
Cristofre was a sarȝene in þe lande of Canaan
In his dayeȝ in no lande men knev so strange a man
ffourtene fete he was longe & thik & brode þerto
Slike a man þat was so strange many maistris bird do…
Last Lines:
…Þus sayn cristofre ate laste þis gretteste lorde oute sought
Þat ilk lorde grante vs al þat blis þat he þus dere boght
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 127-130
First Lines:
Sein cristofre was Zarasin in þe lond of canaan
In no stude bi is daie ne uond me so strong man…
Last Lines:
…Þus sein cristofore atte laste þe hexte god out soȝte
Nou god us bringe to þulke ioie þat he is soule broȝte
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: 1.340-81.
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 375-380
First Lines:
Seint Cristofore was a Sarazyn in þe lond of Chanaan
In no stede by his daye me ne ffond no strengour man…
Last Lines:
…Þus Cristoffore atte laste þe hexte lord out souȝte
Now god vs bringe to þulke ioye þat he his soule to brouȝte
Attributed Title: Sanctus Cristoforus (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 72v-75
First Lines:
SEint cristofre was a sareȝyn in þe londe of canaan
In no stede by þulke day nas so strange man…
Last Lines:
…þus cristofre atte laste þe hexte lord oute souȝte
god ous bringe to þulke Ioie þat he his saule to broȝt
Attributed Title: Cristofre (RT)
11.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 146-149
First Lines:
SEyn cristofre was Zarasen in þe lond of canaan
In no stude by is daye ne fond me so stronge man…
Last Lines:
… þus sein cristofre atte laste þe hexte god out soȝte
Nou god vs bringe to þat Ioye þat he is soule broȝte
Attributed Title: De sancto cristoforo (f. 146, by scribe in margin beside first line); Cristoforo (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 118
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 196
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 121
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 101v
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 59-65.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 1.194.
16.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 150-153
First Lines:
SAynt Cristofre was a sarsyn in þe lond of Canaan
In no stid by his day ne fond men so stronge aman
Last Lines:
…Þus saynt cristofre þe hixt lord atte last out soȝt
Now god vs bringe to þat ioye þere he his soule to broȝt
Attributed Title: Saynt Cristofre (RT)
17.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 124v-127
First Lines:
Seynt Christofor was a Sarazein in þe londe of chanaan
In no place þe whilis he lyved was so strong a man…
Last Lines:
…Þus seint Christofor at þe last þe heghest lord sought
Now god vs bringe to þat Ioie þat vs dere bouȝt
Attributed Title: Vita beati Christofory (f. 124v)