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Saint Dunstan was of England I-come of good more
Life of St. Dunstan in the South English Legendary — couplets
Title(s): South English Legendary
Subjects: saints’ lives; Dunstan, saint, life of
Versification: — two-line — aa
Bibliographic Ghosts: Southwell, Southwell Cathedral Library 7, f. 193: prose.



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 118
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 43 (SC 6924), ff. 80v-83
First Lines:
SEyn dunston was of engelond icome of gode more
Miracle our lord dude uor him ar he were ibore…
Last Lines:
…Swete lord seynt dunston þat oure erchebiscop were
Bryng ous to þe Ioie of heuene as angles þi soule bere
Attributed Title: syn dounston (f. 80v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 85v-87v
First Lines:
Seint donston was of ingelond I come of gode more
meraklis oure lord dede for hym ar he were I bore…
Last Lines:
…& wente to þe ioye þat neuer ne chal mysse
Now Ihesu for þyn holy name graunt vs þat ilke blisse
Attributed Title: Seint donston þe bischop (f. 85v)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 30vb-31rb
First Lines:
SEint Dunston was of Engelonde i come of goode more
Miracle vr lord dude for him ȝit he was vnbore…
Last Lines:
…Now swete lord seint Dunston þat vre Erchebisschop were
Bring vs to þe Ioye of heuene as Angels þi soule bere. 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.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Legenden von St. Dunstan und St. Christopher aus MS. Laud 108.” Jahrbuch für romanische und englische Sprache und Literatur 14 (1875): 32-41: 32-5 (lines 107-160).
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 19-24 (lines 107-160).
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), f. 29v
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Legenden von St. Dunstan und St. Christopher aus MS. Laud 108.” Jahrbuch für romanische und englische Sprache und Literatur 14 (1875): 32-41: 32-5.
Horstmann, Carl, ed. The Early South-English Legendary. EETS o.s. 87 (1887; repr. 1987): 19-24.
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), ff. 50rb-51va
First Lines:
SEint Donston was of engelond come of gret more
Miracle oure lord dide for him er he were y bore…
Last Lines:
…Nou swete lord seint donston þat oure erchebisshop were
bring vs to þe ioye of heuene as þe angels þi soule bere
Note: Two columns per page, one full-line, the other half-line.
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108 (SC 1486), ff. 29v-30*
First Lines:
Seint Dunston was of enguelonde icome of guode more
Miracle ore louerd dude for him þe ȝuyt he was unbore…
Last Lines:
…And is endedai [ ]
An holi þoresdai [ ]
He liet him clep[ ]
His men þat h[ ]…
Note: Stub, numbered f. 30*, all that is left of lost folio; ends imperfectly.
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 107v-110
First Lines:
SEint dunstan was of Ingelond & come of good more
Meraclis oure lord dide for him or he were I bore…
Last Lines:
…Swete lord seint dunston þat oure erchebischop were
Bringe vs to þe ioye of heuyn as aungellis þi soule bere
9.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 16-16v
First Lines:
…ffor whan he muste of hys [ ]
Reste hym for werinesse [ ]…
Last Lines:
…[ ]it patryk cam [ ]
[ ] Austyn [ ]…
Note: A fragment: one leaf.
10.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 57, ff. 46-48
First Lines:
Seint Donston was of engelonde y come of guode more
Meracle oure lord dude for him er he were y bore…
Last Lines:
…Now swete lord seint Dunston þat oure erchebischop were
Bringe vs to þe ioye of heuene as angeles þy soule bere
Attributed Title: Vita sancti Dunstani (rubric marginal heading by scribe, f. 46)
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 77-79v
First Lines:
Sein donston was of engelond icome of gode more
Miracle oure louerd dude for him ar he were ibore…
Last Lines:
…Nou swete louerd sein donston þat oure erchebissop were
Bringe us to þe ioie of heuene as angles þine soule bere
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: 1.204-11.
12.Source: Cambridge UK, King’s College 13, Part II, ff. 44v-46v
First Lines:
SEint Dunston was in Engelonde icome of gode more
Miracles oure lord dude for him ȝut ar he were y bore…
Last Lines:
…Now seint Dunston þat oure erchebisshop her were
Bring vs to þilke ioie þat aungeles þi soule to bere
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, pp. 288-293
First Lines:
Seint Dunston was in Engelonde ycome of goed more
Miracles oure lord dude ffor him ar he were ybore…
Last Lines:
…Now Seint Dunston þat oure Erchebisschop her were
Bryng vs to þulke ioye þat aungeles þi soule bere
Attributed Title: Dunstanus (RT)
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 63v-65v
First Lines:
SEint dunston was of englonde y come of goud more
Miracle oure lord dud for hym ar he were y bore…
Last Lines:
…Now swete lord seint dunston þat oure erchebischop were
brynge ous to þat Ioie þer angles þy saule bere
Attributed Title: Dunston (RT)
15.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 90v-93
First Lines:
SEin Donston was of engelond y come of gode more
Miracle oure lorde dude for him as he were y bore…
Last Lines:
…Nou swete lorde sein donston þat oure erche bissop were
Bring vs to þe Ioye of heuene as angeles þy soule bere
Attributed Title: De sancto Dunstano (f. 90v, by scribe in margin beside first line); Donstane (RT)
16.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 83v
17.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, f. 151v
18.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 59v
19.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2891, f. 86
20.Source: London, British Library Harley 2277, f. 51
Note: Ends imperfectly.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. Early English Poems and Lives of Saints. Transactions of the London Philological Society 1858; Pt. 2, Berlin, 1862: 34-40.
Mätzner, Edouard Adolf Ferdinand. Altenglische Sprachproben, I: Poesie. Berlin: Wiedmann, 1867: 1.171.
Bad Key: Morris1892-94: 19 (lines 1-92).
21.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, ff. 122v-124v
First Lines:
SAynt Dunstan was of Englond of gode kynne ycore
God wroȝt for hym myracle long er he was bore…
Last Lines:
…Now swete lord saynt Dunstan þat Erch bisshop was here
Þou lede vs to þe ioye of heuen þer angels þi soule bere. Amen
Attributed Title: Saynt Dunstan (RT)
22.Source: Leeds, Leeds University Library Ripon Minster fragment 33 (on deposit from Ripon Minster), f. 122v
First Lines:
S[ ]
As they stod[ ]
There lyght [ ]
Here lyght [ ]…
Last Lines:
…To Glastyngb[ ]
Than bothe k[ ]
Note: On deposit at Brotherton Library, University of Leeds; only beginnings of first 40 lines.
23.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 81v-84v
First Lines:
Seint Dunston was of Engelond come of good more
Miracles our lord did for hym er he were ybore…
Last Lines:
…Now swete lord seynt Dunstoun þat our bisshop were
Brynge vs to þat ioye of heuene þer aungels þi soule bere. Amen.
Attributed Title: Festum Sancti Dunstani (f. 81v)