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Saint Clement was I-bore at Rome by old daw
Life of St. Clement in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Clement, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 188v-195v
First Lines:
SEynt Clement was ibore at rome bi olde dawe
Of þe hexte men he com at rome þat were of þulke lawe…
Last Lines:
…þer is nou seynt clements chirch I mad wiþ qinte gynne
God ȝeue vs part of þulke Ioie þat is soule is Inne
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 105v-110av
First Lines:
Seint clement was I bore at rome by þe olde dawe
& of þe hyeste men he com of rome þat weren by þulke lawe…
Last Lines:
…& þer he lyþ in his cherche Imad myd faire ginne
God ȝeue vs part of þe ioye þat his soule is inne
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 65ra-65va
First Lines:
…Allas quaþ þis gode mon myne leue children þreo
Whi wole ȝe oure ffader bete wole ȝe me no more i seo…
Last Lines:
…Þere is now seint Clementes chirche y mad wiþ qweynte ginne
God ȝif vs part of þat ilke ioye þat his soule is Inne. A.M.E.N.
Note: Begins imperfectly due to loss of folios 57-64; lines l-322 wanting.
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. 141-147
First Lines:
SEint Clement was I bore at Rome I furn bi olde dawe
Of þe hexte men he was i come þa weren in þulke lawe…
Last Lines:
…Þare is nouþe Seint clementes churche I mad with quoynte gynne
God ȝiue us part of þulke Ioyȝe þat Seint clement is inne
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 322-40.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 110ra-113vb
First Lines:
SEint Clement was y bore At Rome bi olde dawe
Of þe hexte men of Rome þat were of þilke lawe…
Last Lines:
…per is nou seint clementȝ chirche made wiþ queinte gynne
God ȝeue vs part of þilk ioye þat his soule is inne
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 5v-10v
First Lines:
Seynt Clement was born in rome be þe olde dawe
of þe gretest blod he com þat was þer of þat lawe…
Last Lines:
…þo sche was to lond comyn & hir child sche myȝt not fynde
ffor care & sorwe þat sche had taken sche was ner out of hir mynde
Attributed Title: De sancto Clemento pape (f. 5v)
7.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, f. 135
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, ff. 46v-53
First Lines:
Sayne Clement þe haly man borne he was at Rome
& of þe gretteste of þe cite we rede wele þat he come
His fadre hight ffanstyniane & his modre matidyanne
Two elder breþer he hade als þaire names tell I canne…
Last Lines:
…In rome is ȝit sayn Clement kuke made with mekil wynne
God graunt vs parte of þat ioy þer his saule is in
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 8-13v
First Lines:
SAynt Clement was Iborn at Rome by old dawe
Of the heghest men he was comen that wer of thilk lawe…
Last Lines:
…And sayd that he monqueller was and wicch & ek forswore
That folk awayted him to slee in Antioche therfore…
Note: Ends imperfectly due to loss of folio(s).
Attributed Title: Saynt clement (f. 8); Saynt clement (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 514-525
First Lines:
Seint Clement was ybore at Rome by olde dawe
Of þe hexte men of Rome he com þat were in þulke lawe…
Last Lines:
…Þer is now Seint Clementes body in a chirche of queynte gynne
God ȝiue vs part of þulke ioye þat his soule is now ynne
Attributed Title: Sanctus Clemens (RT)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 240v-246
First Lines:
SEint clement was I bore atte rome by olde day
of þe hexte men he com þat were of þulke lay…
Last Lines:
…þer is now seint clementes churche ymad mid grete sy gynne
god ȝif ous parte of þe Ioie þat his saule ys Inne
Attributed Title: Clement (RT)
12.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 190
13.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 116v
14.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 182
Note: Lines 1-174 wanting.
15.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 164
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: 2.515.
16.Source: London, British Library Stowe 949, ff. 61-67v
First Lines:
Seynt clement was ybore at Rome by olde dawe
Of þe hexte men he was y come þat were by þulke lawe…
Last Lines:
…þer is nou Seynt clementis churche ymad wiþ queynte gynne
God ȝiue vs part of þulke ioyȝe þat seynt clement is inne
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 225-232v
First Lines:
SAynt Clement was born at Rome by olde dawe
Of þe hext men he was comen þat weren in þat lawe…
Last Lines:
…Þere is now saynt Clementes chirche made with coynt gynne
Now god ȝeue vs part of þe ioye þat saynt clement is ynne
Attributed Title: Saynt Clement (RT)
18.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 169v-173
First Lines:
Seynt Clement was iborn at Rome by olde dawe
He come of þe heghest men þat were of þe lawe…
Last Lines:
…Ther is nowe seint Clementis chirch made with queynt gynne
God ȝeue vs part of þat Ioye that his saule is Inne. Amen.
Attributed Title: Vita Sancti Clementis pape (f. 169v)