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Saint Cuthbert was I-bore here in England
Life of St. Cuthbert in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Cuthbert, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 68v
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 45-46
First Lines:
SEyn Cubert was ibore her in engelonde
God dude uor him uair miracle as ȝe scolle vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…& to þe Ioie of heuene god let ous ek also
& þoru þe bone of seynt Cutbert bringe ous alle þerto
Attributed Title: syn Cubert (f. 45)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 134-135
First Lines:
Seint cotbert was I bore here in ingelonde
god dede many fayr merakles as ich ȝit ondirstonde…
Last Lines:
…In to þe grete ioye of heuene god lene vs don also
& þorwȝ þe bone of seint cotbert bring vs alle þer to
Attributed Title: Seint cotbert þe bisschop (f. 134)
Editions:
Fowler, Joseph Thomas, ed. The Life of St Cuthbert in English Verse, c. A.D 1450 from the original MS. in the Library at Castle Howard. Surtees Society 87 (1891): 3, 5, 7, 9.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 15va-16ra
First Lines:
SEint Cuthberd was i bore her in Engelonde
God dude for him Miracle gret as we schulle vndurstonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe Ioye of heuene God lete vs alle go
Þorwh þe bone of seint Cuthbert come þulke ioye to. A.M.E.N.
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.
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 154v-155v
First Lines:
SEint Cudbert was i bore here in Engelonde
God dude for him gret miracle ase ȝe schulle under stonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe Ioye of heouene and god us graunti also
Þoruȝ þe bone of Seint Cudbert þat we moten comen þar to
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Cuthberti (f. 154v)
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 359-62.
Fowler, Joseph Thomas, ed. The Life of St Cuthbert in English Verse, c. A.D 1450 from the original MS. in the Library at Castle Howard. Surtees Society 87 (1891): 2, 4, 6, 8.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 23ra-23va
First Lines:
SEint Cuthberd was bore here in Engelonde
God dide for him miracle As I vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe ioye of heuene god let us alle so
& þorw þe bone of seint Cutbert us bring alle þerto
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 42v-43v
First Lines:
SEint Cuthbert was bore here in Ingelond
God dide for him fair meracle as ȝe schul vndirstond…
Last Lines:
…To þe hiȝe ioye of heuene god lete vs also
And þour þe bone of seint cuthbert bringe vs alle þer to
8.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 42-43v
First Lines:
Seint Cuthbert was ybore here in engelonde
God dude for him fair miracles as ȝe scholle vnd[erstonde]…
Last Lines:
…To þe ioye of heuene god let vs alle so
& þurȝ þe bone of S Cuthberd brynge vs alle þerto
Note: Portion of text lost due to mutilation of leaves.
Attributed Title: De sancto Cuthberto (f. 42)
9.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 2v-3v
First Lines:
Seint Cuthberd was y bore here in Engelonde
God dude for him meracle as ȝe scholleþ vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe ioye of heuene god lete vs alle go
And þorgh þe loue of seint Cutberd vs bringe alle þerto
Attributed Title: Cuthbertus (RT)
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 44v-46
First Lines:
Sein Cubert was ibore here in Engelonde
God ende for him vair miracle as ȝe ssolleþ understonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe ioie of heuene god lete us ek also
And þoru bone of sein cubert bringe us alle þerto
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: 1.118-21.
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, ff. 19v-20v
First Lines:
Saint Cuthbert was borne in englond
Godde did for him fair miracle as ȝe shul vnderstond…
Last Lines:
…To the Ioie of heven god graunt vs all so
thruȝ praier of saint Cuthbert that we may com therto
Attributed Title: Saynt Cuthbert (RT)
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 173-175
First Lines:
Seint Cuthbert was ybore here in Engelonde
God dude ffor him ffayre miracles as ȝe shulleþ vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…Þo he hadde longe yserued god after him he sende
Vn to þe ioye of heuene þer to dwelle wiþ outen ende
Attributed Title: Cutbertus (RT)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 50v-51v
First Lines:
SEint cutbert was y bore here in englonde
god dude myracles for hym as ȝe schulleþ vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe ioie of heuene god lene ous ek al so
& þorȝe þe bone of seint Cuthberd brynge ous alle þerto
Attributed Title: Cuthberd (RT)
14.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 54v-56
First Lines:
SEint Cubert was ybore here in engelonde
God dude for him feyre Miracle as ȝe ssolle vnder stonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe Ioye of heuene god let vs eke also
And þoru bone seint cubert brynge vs alle þerto
Attributed Title: De sancto Cuberto (f. 54v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Cubertus (RT)
15.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 48
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 128
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 42v
Editions:
Sharp, Sir Cuthbert. The History of Hartlepool. Durham: Andrews, 1816; 2nd ed. 1851; repr. 1978: App., xxiii-xxv.
18.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 36v
19.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 87-88v
First Lines:
SAynt Cuthbert was born here in Englond
God did for him fayre myracle as ȝe shul vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe ioye of heuen god graunte vs alle so
Þurȝ prayer of saynt Cuthbert þat we may come þerto Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Cuthbert
20.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 24
21.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 36v-38
First Lines:
Seynt Cutbert was yborn here in Engelond
God did for him faire miracle as ȝe shulde vnderstonde…
Last Lines:
…To þe ioie of heuene/ god leue vs also
Thorgh preier of seynt Cutbert/ we mowe come þerto. Amen.
Attributed Title: And here bygynneþ þe lif of seint Cutbert (f. 36v)